Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Authorities said a Malaysian coronavirus vaccination center was closed Tuesday after more than 200 staff tested positive for Covid-19, as the country’s cases reached a new daily high.
Since the beginning of June, the Southeast Asian nation has been under a rigorous lockdown due to a serious outbreak caused by extremely contagious strains.
It has increased its vaccination campaign by opening mass vaccination centers, and approximately 11% of the population has been fully vaccinated, with over 25% receiving the first dose.
However, a vaccination center in Malaysia’s hard-hit Selangor state was forced to close when 204 out of 453 personnel and volunteers tested positive, according to Khairy Jamaluddin, the minister in charge of the immunization program.
Those who were sick had low “viral loads” and no major symptoms, he noted, presumably because most of the personnel at the Shah Alam plant had been vaccinated.
He said that 400 workers had been inoculated, although he did not specify which vaccination they had received. In its launch, Malaysia is using Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Sinovac vaccines.
“This is the first time we’ve had to shut down a (vaccination center) because of positive cases, but we acted fast,” Khairy said, adding it would not hamper the overall program.
Thousands of appointments were rescheduled as a result of the center’s closure, but it will reopen Wednesday after sanitization and with new staff.
Malaysia’s infection rates have remained high despite being under stringent restrictions for weeks, with only vital businesses allowed to operate. On Tuesday, the number of daily cases reached a new high of 11,079, a new high.
More than 855,000 viral cases and 6,200 deaths have been reported in the 32-million-strong country.