Malaysia: surge in Covid cases and deaths involving children reported

Covid-19 cases in Malaysia involving children leapt to 310,074 as at the end of August, which is 25 times more than the whole of last year. The number was only 12,620 last year. A total of 41 children have died so far this year, compared with just six in 2020, the health ministry said on Sept 2.

Reports of unusual symptoms among children have also surfaced online.  On Sept 8, one Penang-based doctor claimed on Instagram that she had attended to two children within the same week who could not walk after becoming infected with Covid-19. The doctor said one of the cases involved a four-year-old girl who had a seizure a week after recovering from Covid-19. Three days later, the child’s mother reported that her daughter could not walk properly.

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Israel: 40% of new Covid cases are in children under 11yrs

 

 

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Malaysia: 18% vaccine breakthrough of cases in August 2021

About 17.8 per cent, or 68,629 of 385,542 new Covid-19 cases reported in Malaysia since August 12, were fully vaccinated.

The proportion of fully vaccinated people two weeks or longer after their second jab in two-dose regimens, or breakthrough infections, among total coronavirus cases rose from 12.6 per cent on August 12 to 23.9 per cent yesterday, 29th August 2021.

 

Codeblue.galencentre.org report

 

 

Over 98% of all genome sequences in Malaysia are for the Delta variant

 

 

 

 

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Malaysia: Total lockdown from June 1st as #coronavirus cases hits new record

Malaysia will close all economic and social sectors by implementing a “total lockdown” throughout the country. The first phase of the lockdown will last from Jun 1 to Jun 14. This move was announced in a media statement posted on Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s Facebook page on Friday (May 28) night.

Only essential economic and service sectors listed by the National Security Council will be allowed to operate during Phase 1 of the lockdown, said the statement issued by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). 

“This decision was made after taking into account the current situation of COVID-19 transmission in Malaysia with daily case numbers exceeding 8,000 and active cases exceeding 70,000,” the statement read.

Channel News Asia report

 

Malaysia has detected two Covid-19 Variant of Concern (VOC) and two Variant of Interest (VOI) to date.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the VOC identified were the United Kingdom variant or the B.1.1.7, and the South African variant, also known as the B.1.351.

The VOI found, he said, were the Nigeria (B.1525) variant and the B.1.617.1 variant from India.

“We have detected eight cases of the UK variant, three of which were local cases from Sandakan identified through close contact screening (two) and one from the Lorong Megah Jaya cluster.

NST.com.my report

 

 

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60 million confirmed #coronavirus infections globally, and the rate is still increasing

There have now been more than 60,000,000 confirmed coronavirus infections globally and the infection rate is still increasing.

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13,000 workers in #coronavirus quarantine at Top Glove, #Malaysia

The Malaysian government tightened COVID-19 movement curbs in an area in Klang where Top Glove worker dormitories are located, to enable targeted coronavirus screenings on workers and residents as infections rise, the security ministry said on Monday (Nov 16).

The curbs, in effect from Tuesday until the end of the month, will affect 13,190 workers and close to 1,200 residents in Klang, about 40km west of Kuala Lumpur, Senior Minister of Security Ismail Sabri Yaakob said at a media conference.

“The enhanced movement control order will allow the health ministry to continue targeted screenings on workers and residents in the area,” he said.

Top Glove, the world’s largest medical glove manufacturer, is also required to screen all workers at its local factory and all dormitories for workers at that factory, the minister said.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-covid-19-top-glove-workers-movement-control-order-13570106

 

 

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