King expresses concern over spread of Omicron variant of Covid-19

Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has expressed his full support for the government’s decisive actions to contain the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant that has been classified as more dangerous and more transmissible than others. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

Istana Negara in Kuala Lumpur. The Yang di-Pertuan Agong has expressed his full support for the government’s decisive actions to contain the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant that has been classified as more dangerous and more transmissible than others. (Photo by Zahid Izzani Mohd Said/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Dec 1): Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah on Wednesday (Dec 1) expressed concern over the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 that had been categorised as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Comptroller of the Royal Household of Istana Negara Datuk Ahmad Fadil Shamsuddin said His Majesty advised the people to continue practising self-discipline in complying with the standard operating procedures set by the government to contain the Covid-19 outbreak and called on them to be vigilant while conducting their daily affairs.

In a statement on Wednesday, he said His Majesty also advised the people to complete their Covid-19 vaccination and get their booster shots to protect and preserve not only their health and safety but also their loved ones and the community.

The Yang di-Pertuan Agong also expressed his full support for the government’s decisive actions to contain the spread of the variant that has been classified as more dangerous and more transmissible than others.

"In particular, the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the National Security Council are enhancing the Covid-19 prevention measures, border control and surveillance measures for travellers arriving into the country, especially from countries that have reported cases involving the Omicron variant," Ahmad Fadil added.

He said the WHO stated that the variant is also likely to pose higher risk of reinfection than other variants and mutations in the variant could reduce the protection offered by the existing vaccines.

He said Al-Sultan Abdullah hoped that the people would be responsible and immediately seek treatment if they experience symptoms and isolate themselves if they are confirmed Covid-19 positive or detected as close contacts.

He said His Majesty is of the view that all the sacrifices and efforts of all parties in battling the Covid-19 pandemic would be in vain if the country is subjected to a new wave of the Covid-19 outbreak.

He said the Yang di-Pertuan Agong also expressed appreciation for the proactive measures implemented by the MoH to enhance the preparedness of hospitals and clinics to deal with a possible increase in the number of daily cases due to the Omicron variant.

"His Majesty expressed confidence that with the high level of cooperation and commitment between the people and the government, the spread of Covid-19 infections, especially the Omicron variant, can be contained to ensure the people’s safety and the country’s well-being," Ahmad Fadil added.

In this regard, he said Al-Sultan Abdullah called on the people to pray that Allah SWT would protect the country and the people, and spare them from calamities and put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic.