By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

The Malaysia Ministry of Health is reporting today on a case of COVID-19 variant UK B.1.1.7 or 20202/01 protein spike mutation.

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The case was reported from a citizen traveler who has a history of travel to the United Kingdom in December 2020. The traveler was found to be positive on 28 December 2020 and has been segregated for further treatment.

Since October 2020, the MOH has been monitoring all travelers from countries that have reported cases of UK B.1.1.7 variant mutations including the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Singapore, Turkey, the Philippines and India.

A total of 968 samples have been tested since October 2020 and have performed genome sequencing to detect this type of UK B.1.1.7 mutation to 24 samples. As of 11 January 2021, no domestic transmission has been detected in connection with the UK B.1.1.7 mutation virus.

MOH through the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) and the National CPRC will constantly monitor the development of this UK B.1.1.7 mutation and will inform from time to time. Although this UK B.1.1.7 mutation has not been found to cause severe symptoms, however, it can spread easily and quickly. People are advised to always practice personal hygiene by washing their hands regularly, wearing face masks in public places, and maintaining physical imprisonment at all times.