Research shows D614G mutation of Covid-19 might come from neighbouring nations, says health DG

Published on 15 Oct 2020 9:54:02 PM

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on Thursday said the D614G mutation of Covid-19 could have been spread to Peninsular Malaysia through returnees from Sabah over the past few weeks.

He said the Institute for Medical Research had detected the mutation in samples taken from the Benteng LD cluster in Sabah, which might have come from the Philippines and Indonesia.

“The D614G mutation is different from the mutation detected in Kedah, from those who tested positive in the Sivagangga, Tawar and Sungai clusters. It’s different in characteristics,” he said.