DPM: M'sians evacuated from Wuhan may be freed from quarantine on Feb 18

  • Nation
  • Friday, 14 Feb 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysians who returned from Wuhan, China and are currently under quarantine could be allowed to leave on Feb 18 if they test negative for the Covid-19 coronavirus, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the 105 people, currently placed in a home surveillance centre in Negri Sembilan, were all in good condition.

“The National Anti-Disaster Agency (Nadma) has informed us that the 105 persons under surveillance are well and all administrative related work are going smoothly.

“If the final screening results show that these people test negative for Covid-19, they will be allowed to go home after the 14th day of quarantine, which is Feb 18, ” said Dr Wan Azizah, at a press conference here on Friday (Feb 14) after chairing a high-level Covid-19 committee meeting.

The 105 were brought back to Malaysia on a special flight on Feb 4.

Upon arrival at the KL International Airport, the passengers were brought to the Air Disaster Unit building where they had to undergo screening.

During the screening, two passengers were found to be symptomatic and were admitted to Kuala Lumpur Hospital.

However, tests showed they were Covid-19 negative.

Meanwhile, a father and son at the home surveillance centre later tested positive for Covid-19, despite not showing symptoms during initial screening.

They were then taken to the Tuanku Jaa’far Hospital in Seremban to be isolated.

Meanwhile, Dr Wan Azizah said there were no new positive cases of Covid-19 in Malaysia as of Friday (Feb 14).

The tally of confirmed cases remained at 19, with 13 of them involving China nationals and six of them Malaysians.

Dr Wan Azizah added that a family of four from China, who were among the first few positive cases in Malaysia, had been discharged after recovering from the virus.

“They had taken tests twice, and on both occasions were shown to be negative Covid-19.

“We would like to thank and congratulate the medical team that had taken care of the patients until their recovery, ” she said.

In total, seven people have recovered from Covid-19 in Malaysia and have been allowed to return home to China.

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