After a few peaceful months of relaxed SOPs, a decline in cases and an increase in vaccinations, Malaysia is finally starting to face the Omicron wave. Hitting over 10,000 cases on Sunday, Health Minister Khairy predicts that cases will continue to climb for the next few weeks.
However, unlike previous variants, the cause for concern is not quite as high, especially in comparison to the Delta variant. In mid-2021 the Delta variant ravaged through Malaysia causing hundreds of thousands of cases and the highest number of deaths our country has seen. We saw 30,000 cases a day, hundreds of deaths also with individuals being brought in dead and a 4-month long nationwide lockdown.
Khairy has assured the public that the Omicron wave will not be anything like the Delta one, there will be no lockdown and the hospitals are more prepared than ever for what’s to come. High levels of vaccinations and boosters also play a major part in our immunity to the virus, so that in the event of infection, symptoms will be mild and short-lived.
He also announced today that the Health Ministry will be reactiving the National Rapid Response Task Force that will be taking rapid preliminary action to ensure control over transmissions and sufficient resources to handle what’s to come.
With the Omicron variant, the risk of death is highly reduced with symptoms reflecting those of a common cold. With it being so mild and providing an increased immunity after infection, it is likely that after this wave we will be able to safely say that we have entered into an endemic.
Countries like the UK and Nederlands have eased almost all Covid restrictions with even masks no longer being mandatory ever since the downturn of cases from the Omicron wave. This gives us hope that within the next few months, we too will be able to enter the endemic era of Covid.
Nonetheless, there is always a risk in getting Covid and how it can affect you individually. So make sure to comply with SOPs, mask up and get boosted!