MOH wants stricter border control to curb spread of Lambda variant

Published on 14 Aug 2021 6:12:57 PM

The Health Ministry has called for stricter border control, including implementing risk assessments on individuals returning from abroad, to prevent the Lambda variant from spreading into the country.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Friday (Aug 13) said the ministry has not detected cases involving the Lambda variant in the country, and would further enhance its capability by running the full genomic sequence to detect the emergence of any Variants of Concern (VOCs).

On the vaccines used in the country to fight against the virus, Dr Noor Hisham said the vaccines had been effective in tackling the Delta variant, proved by the decrease in the number of hospital admissions and deaths in Labuan and Sarawak.