Latest Covid-19 strain, D614G, found in Malaysia is 10 times more infectious

A new strain of coronavirus has been discovered in Malaysia that is said to be 10 times more infectious.

D614G mutation was found to be present in three of the 45 cases of infection which has spread from a restaurant owner as a single source.

According to reports, the restaurant owner has visited India before returning to Malaysia and has breached the 14 day home quarantine rule due to which about 45 people got infected.

In a separate case, the strain was found to be present in a cluster of people returning from the Philippines.

Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah commented that the discovery of the strain could possibly mean that the present studies on COVID-19 vaccines may not be complete or are ineffective against the mutation.

Noor Hisham said, “People need to be wary and take greater precautions because this strain has now been found in Malaysia. The people’s cooperation is very needed so that we can together break the chain of infection from any mutation.”


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