Another new Covid-19 variant discovered in Sarawak

By S. Harrish

SARAWAK has detected yet another variant in the state – the B.1.525 variant, also known as the Nigerian variant.

However pending further probe, authorities are yet to reveal where it was first detected.

State Disaster Management Committee adviser Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said in his social media chats that this meant that there are now three foreign variants detected in the state.

According to The Vibes, the genomic analysis was carried out by Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Sarawak Covid-19 Vaccine Advisory Group.

“We, in Sarawak, need to vaccinate as many people as possible and as fast as possible.

“We need to get this done to prevent even more Covid-19 mutations and new variants emerging in our state. We need herd immunity, and we must attain it urgently,” said Dr Sim.

Sarawak has recorded seven cases of the B.1.351 variant and 12 cases of the P.3 variant.

The P.3 variant was first discovered in the Philippines with double mutations.

“One of the reasons why Sarawak insisted on a 14-day mandatory quarantine upon entry into the state, and not 10 days, is because being vaccinated does not mean total immunity.

“Despite inconveniences, heartaches and hardships, mandatory quarantine is needed to prevent more variants from spreading into the state,” he said.