Malaysia detects 10x more infectious COVID-19 strain in man who returned from India
Southeast Asian countries are now facing the brink of a new strain of coronavirus that is 10 times more contagious than the existing strain.
The strain, detected in Malaysia, is called D614G and has been found in a cluster of 45 cases that erupted from a man who recently returned from India and breached his 14-day home quarantine period.
According to Noor Hisham Abdullah, Director General of Health, the said mutation, earlier observed in the US and parts of Europe could be much more dangerous and bring on unprecedented problems for the viral resurgence.
The D614G strain has already been detected in many other countries and have become the dominant strain in Europe and the US. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that there is no evidence that this mutated strain leads to a more severe disease in humans. The same virus strain was also detected in recent outbreaks in China.
The man who returned from India had initially tested negative for COVID-19 on his arrival in Malaysia. He was advised home quarantine of 14 days, but he breached his quarantine. He was later found positive for COVID-19 and has been sentenced to five months in prison for contravening quarantine rules.