PUTRAJAYA: A father and his son, who just returned home from Wuhan, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the number of confirmed cases to 12.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said of the total, three of the patients were Malaysians while the rest were Chinese nationals.
He said the two latest patients, aged 45 and nine, were among the 107 passengers brought back home via a special flight on Tuesday.
“Both of them did not show any symptoms when they were screened at the Air Disaster Unit shortly after the plane landed.
“They were then taken to the home surveillance centre to be quarantined for 14 days.
“But their test results showed they were positive for the coronavirus, ” he told a press conference yesterday.
Currently, the two are placed at the isolation ward in Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar in Seremban and are in a stable condition.
Two other family members – the man’s wife and another child – tested negative.
All four were on the same flight home from Wuhan.
Dzulkefly said two other passengers on the flight, who were symptomatic and sent to the isolation ward at Hospital Kuala Lumpur, also tested negative.
He said health authorities were also tracing those who had been in close contact with a Selangor patient, aged 41, who was the first Malaysian to be tested positive.
He was infected while attending a business meeting in Singapore
The minister said so far, they had identified 74 people, with samples taken from 35 of them.
“Of the 35,26 of them were negative while the results for nine others are still pending.
“All 35 of them have been put under home surveillance and our staff will constantly monitor their condition.
“If they develop any symptoms, they will be taken to hospital and isolated, ” he said.
The 41-year-old had no previous travel history to China but he developed symptoms and sought treatment at a private clinic. On Feb 3, he was tested positive and placed at the Sungai Buloh hospital.
On the four-year-old Chinese girl who recovered from the coronavirus, Dzulkefly said she was treated without the help of special drugs.
“The treatment was done symptomatically. Unlike cancer, these diseases are described as self-limiting. Its life expectancy will depend on the strength of one’s immune system, ” he said.