Malaysia has detected its first case of the Indian variant, Health Minister Adham Baba said on Sunday.
He said that the variant, named B.1.617 was detected in an Indian national who was screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.
“We advise the public to remain calm … All public health efforts will continue in order to break the chain of infection and ensure public safety,” Adham said.
However, he did not disclose the date when the variant was detected.
Malaysia on Wednesday has banned flights to and from any Indian destination to prevent the spread of the new variant in the country.
Malaysia in February launched a nationwide COVID-19 vaccination program, aiming to inoculate 80 percent of its population.
Malaysia has reported 3,418 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing its total number of infections to 415,012 cases, having over 1,500 deaths.