Malaysia PM Misses Swearing-in Ceremony after Contact With COVID-19 Patient

Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob missed the swearing-in ceremony of his new Cabinet on Monday after contact with a COVID-19 patient.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office said that Ismail Sabri would be in quarantine and would attend Tuesday’s official National Day celebration virtually. 

Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Minister Noh Omar also missed the ceremony after close contact with a COVID-19 patient, CNA reported.

Deputy Education Minister Mohamad Alamin missed the ceremony as well due to a COVID-19 infection. 

Ismail Sabri was sworn in as prime minister earlier this month following the resignation of then Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and took charge amid public anger over the handling of the pandemic.

The cabinet comprising 31 ministers and 38 deputy ministers took their oath of office before King Al-Sultan Abdullah at the palace on Monday. 

Malaysia has been hit hard by the highly contagious Delta variant, reporting around 20,000 cases and hundreds of deaths in recent weeks.

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