Dear Aunty and Uncle … Preparing for the Omicron Wave

Figure provided by Dr Amar.
Figure provided by Dr Amar.
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Dear Aunty and Uncle ... Preparing for the Omicron Wave

I am writing this to the extensive aunty and uncle network that flourishes via WhatsApp and Telegram groups. I am sure all of you are aware of the Omicron variant but may have a limited picture of what to expect. Allow me to share with you and your networks what we can expect with this variant in Malaysia.

1. We can expect to see an Omicron wave in Malaysia from January to March 2022.

Our current Omicron detected cases in the country may appear low (2-3% of genome tests) but we must realise that our genome testing is very limited (0.25% of cases) compared to countries of our level of development (global GISAID database). If you look carefully at our data, you will see a steep rise in the number of infections in imported cases (see figure attached). Most of these are probably the Omicron variant. It is very likely, as in many countries including Singapore, that Omicron is beginning to spread locally in the community.