Malaysian who travelled to Japan tests positive for Covid-19

29-Feb-2020 Intellasia | TodayOnline | 6:52 AM Print This Post

Malaysia confirmed one new case of the Covid-19 on Thursday (February 27). The 53-year-old woman had travelled to Japan and returned to Malaysia on February 23.

The health ministry said the Malaysian woman, who is the country’s 23rd case, developed a fever after her return.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the woman sought treatment at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

“A subsequent Covid-19 test was done, and she tested positive on February 27,” he said, adding that the case was referred to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC).

Meanwhile, he said two Covid-19 patients have made full recovery and have since been discharged from hospital.

The two women are a 67-year-old Chinese national, who was the country’s 16th case, as well as an American womanMalaysia’s 22nd Covid-19 casewho was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Dr Noor Hisham said in total, 22 people have made successful recoveries from Covid-19.

As of Thursday, the authorities collected samples from 1,569 people for Covid-19 testing. From this, 23 people tested positive, 1,523 were negative while the rest are still awaiting lab test results.

Meanwhile, on the status of 66 people comprising Malaysians and their family members who were brought home from Wuhan, China on February 26, Dr Noor Hisham said: “Upon arrival, they underwent medical screening and clinical samples were subjected to entry screening for Covid-19.

“All 66 people tested negative for Covid-19. However, they have been placed in a quarantine centre for 14 days of medical observation,” he said.

As of Thursday, there were 81,398 registered Covid-19 cases worldwide, with 2,770 deaths. From that total, four per cent (3,200 cases) were outside China, with 52 deaths.

Observations, Dr Noor Hisham said, showed a drastic rise of Covid-19 cases in South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran over the past week.

He said given the current situation, the ministry is advising Malaysians to postpone their travel plans to districts or cities in China that have been declared as Covid-19 outbreak areas, as well as to South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran.


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