PUTRAJAYA – Two Malaysians are tested positive for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) after being evacuated from Wuhan, China on 4 February.
The laboratory test results of the father (45) and son (9) who did not show any symptoms during the screening turned positive today.
They are a part of the 107 individuals who were brought back to Malaysia through the humanity mission. Meanwhile, the other 105 individuals were tested negative of coronavirus.
Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said, the duo are currently receiving treatment at the isolation ward of the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar Hospital in Seremban. They are reported to be in a stable condition.
“With the addition of the two new cases, the total cumulative cases of coronavirus as of 10.00 am this morning is 12 cases. Five of the cases were among the Patients Under Investigation (PUI) for coronavirus.
“Five other cases were found in close contacts and two cases are tested from the Malaysians evacuated home through the humanity aid mission.
“From that amount, nine cases involved Chinese nationals and three cases are Malaysians,” he said at a news conference on the latest development of the 2019-nCoV outbreak today.
According to Dzulkefly, two cases of symptoms detected from the screening conducted at the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) which was sent to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday have been tested negative.
Meanwhile, he said that the cumulative cases of PUI infection between 10 January and 5 February 2020 at 10.00 am is 257 individuals. 161 are Malaysians, 91 from China, 1 each from Australia, Republic of Korea, Jordan, Brazil and Thailand.
“From the 257 individuals, five cases were tested positive, 235 were tested negative and 17 cases are awaiting for laboratory result.
“As of 5 February 2020, 25 new close contact cases were reported. The cumulative close contact cases reported as of today is 61 individuals where five were tested positive and 56 negative,” he added.
Dzulkefly also explained that besides the 107 individuals evacuated from Wuhan yesterday, 26 people from the medical team, NADMA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 12 airline crew and 6 officers from the Malaysian embassies have undergone health screening when they entered the country.
“Clinical samples obtained from the 133 individuals shown two positive and 131 negative cases. All of them are on a 14-day surveillance,” he said.
On the same development, he also verified that a 17-year-old girl from Canada was rushed to the HKL after being suspected for showing the similar symptoms at the Twin Tower Medical Centre (TTMC) this morning.
Dzulkefly also said that the laboratory test in identifying and tracing coronavirus are available at the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) and the Sungai Buloh National Public Health Laboratory. They have also added 12 hospital laboratories and four public health laboratories nationwide which are trained by the IMR using the protocols outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He also shared those who are placed under home surveillance would be placed in special room. They are not allowed to leave their home and interact with other people besides being monitored at all time.
When asked about the potential of a Chinese child in Langkawi who had recovered from the coronavirus to be infected by the disease again, Dzulkefly said that there were no special medication for the disease and the virus is no longer found in the child’s body.
“The Chinese Embassy is in the midst of arranging for the child to be sent home. I have also spoken to my counterpart in China to take the best approach for both our countries, and also for the other countries,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette