Malaysia has detected a new coronavirus strain that’s 10 times more infectious, Your Content has learned.
The mutation called D614G was found in at least three of the 45 cases in a cluster that started from a restaurant owner returning from India and breaching his 14-day home quarantine, Bloomberg reports.
The man has since been sentenced to five months in prison and fined. The strain was also found in another cluster involving people returning from the Philippines.
What’s more, the mysterious brand new strain could mean that existing studies on vaccines may be incomplete or ineffective against the mutation, Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah revealed.
“People need to be wary and take greater precautions because this strain has now been found in Malaysia,” Noor Hisham wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday. “The people’s cooperation is very needed so that we can together break the chain of infection from any mutation.”