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23 cases of Beta variant detected in Kelantan

State health director urges the public to adhere to SOPs and to remain at home as much as possible.

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Kelantan has recorded a total of 30,142 Covid-19 infections with 7,596 active cases.
Kelantan has recorded a total of 30,142 Covid-19 infections with 7,596 active cases.

A total of 23 Covid-19 cases involving the Beta or South African variant have been detected in Kelantan so far, says state health department director Dr Zaini Hussin.

The cases involved locals with the latest linked to the Padang Tembak cluster and Kampung Bunut Susu.

“The community is urged to maintain SOP compliance and to remain at home if there are no important matters to attend to in an effort to overcome this pandemic,” he told reporters in Tanjung Chat yesterday.

Kelantan recorded a total of 270 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the cumulative total to 30,142 with 7,596 active cases.

On the development of treatment and quarantine centres in Kelantan, Zaini said the department was in standby mode and had identified several new locations to be used if more than 600 Covid-19 cases are recorded a day.

He said one of the locations identified is the Institut Belia Negara in Bachok which can accommodate up to 400 people.

“Until today, the trend of daily cases in Kelantan has shown a decrease compared to before. If you look at this trend, the existing centres are still able to accommodate the number of patients.

“However, we hope that daily cases can go down as much as possible,” he said, adding that the 15 existing centres can currently accommodate 1,800 patients.

Regarding the vaccination outreach programme, Zaini said the department would expand it in each district to facilitate and expedite the vaccination rate, with the cooperation of area leaders and the related agencies.