KUALA LUMPUR – Two new coronavirus cases have been reported in Malaysia involving a man from China and a Malaysian.
With the latest addition, the cumulative cases of the 2019-nCoV in Malaysia is 10 cases, said the Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad.
The cases involved five cases from the 2019-nCoV patients under investigation (PUI) of and five other cases among their close contacts.
According to him, on the latest cases, the first involved a Chinese man from Wuhan, China who arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) on 18 January.
The 63-year-old man had light fever on 23 January and received outpatient treatment at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
The case was reported to the Ministry of Health (MOH) and placed under the Monitoring and Surveillance Order for 14 days.
On 2 February, his fever continued and he was admitted into the Kuala Lumpur hospital for further treatment and laboratory tests found that he is positive of coronavirus. He is now in the isolation ward and is reported to be stable.
Dzulkefly said, the second case is a local man who just came back from a neighbouring country after attending a meeting from 16 until 23 January.
The meeting attended by the 41-year-old man was also attended by several international delegates, including from China.
“He returned to Malaysia on 23 January and on 29 January, he received treatment at a private medical centre in Selangor for fever and cough.
“He was referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital on 2 February and was admitted to the isolation ward. He was confirmed to be coronavirus positive on 3 February 2020 and he is in a stable condition now,” he said in a statement today.
Dzulkefly added, the MOH has contacted the ministry of health from the neighbouring country and he was informed by them that the contact tracing activity has been activated to identify the source of infection.
Elaborating further, he said that the screening which started from 10 January until 3 February, 6.00 pm, the cumulative PUI on 2019-nCoV is 213 cases, where 122 of them are Malaysians and 86 individuals are from China. Australia, Korea, Jordan, Brazil and Thailand recorded 1 case each.
From that amount, five cases have been confirmed as positive 2019-nCoV, 188 turned negative. Meanwhile, 20 cases are still awaiting lab test results.
At the moment, there are 36 cases of close contacts of the coronavirus and from that amount, five cases turned positive of 2019-nCoV. They have been admitted into the Sungai Buloh Hospital (4) and Permai Hospital (1) isolation wards.
All cases were reported stable.
Meanwhile, lab tests on the other 27 close contacts individuals found negative of coronavirus. Four cases are pending for laboratory result. -MalaysiaGazette