Coronavirus: 1 new positive case, total 15

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Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks at a news conference on the latest development of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at the Ministry of Health in Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 07 FEBRUARY 2020
Minister of Health, Datuk Seri Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks at a news conference on the latest development of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) at the Ministry of Health in Tasik Perdana, Kuala Lumpur. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 07 FEBRUARY 2020

By Mohammad Arif Nizam

PUTRAJAYA – The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed another 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) positive case in Malaysia making the tally rise to 15 cases.

Minister of Heath, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said, the case involved a Chinese female tourist from Wuhan.

He said, the 59 year-old woman had arrived from Singapore on 17 January along with her husband, son and daughter-in-law.

“They then went to Johor Bahru on 21 January and she stayed at her hotel most of the time.

“She began to have fever on 26 January. However, she did not get treatment from any healthcare facility but only took the fever medication her son bought for her at a nearby pharmacy,” he said during the daily news conference on the latest development of 2019-nCoV at his ministry today.

Elaborating further, Dzulkefly said that the victim is scheduled to return to China on 4 February in a flight from Johor Bahru to Guangzhou.

However, the woman delayed her trip due to her health.

Nevertheless, her son and daughter-in-law had returned to China on that date.

“On 5 February, she was still unwell despite she had finished her medications. The District Health Office received information from the management of the place she stayed and she was referred to the hospital on the same day for further treatment.

“The screening test confirmed that she is 2019-nCoV positive.

“The woman was admitted to the isolation ward of Permai Hospital in Johor Bahru and is stable.

“Her 65-year-old husband was also placed in the isolation ward in the same hospital. He did not show any symptoms of the disease. Samples were taken from him and we’re waiting for the test result,” he said.

With the new case, Dr Dzulkefly said that the cumulative tally of the 2019-nCoV reported as of today is 15 cases involving seven Patient-under-investigation (PUI), six cases of close contacts and two cases of Malaysians evacuated home during the Humanity Mission.

According to him, 11 of the cases are Chinese nationals while four are Malaysians.

“Therefore, from 10 January until 10.00 am yesterday, there are 313 PUI where 198 are Malaysians, 107 from China, one each from Australia, Korea, Jordan, Brazil, Canada, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Thailand.

“Seven cases were verified 2019-nCoV positive. 297 came negative and 9 cases are still awaiting laboratory result.

“A total of 19 close contacts to 2019-nCoV were reported as of 10.00 am yesterday.

“Therefore, the cumulative close contacts of 2019-nCoV reported as of today is 96 individuals. Six of them are positive, 74 are negative and 16 are still awaiting test result,” he said. -MalaysiaGazette

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