Covid-19: Two more patients recover in Malaysia, five still warded


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 20 Feb 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Covid-19 situation in Malaysia continues to improve as two more patients have recovered.

The patients, a 27-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman, who are both China nationals, were discharged from Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah in Alor Setar and Hospital Sultanah Maliha in Langkawi respectively.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said cumulatively, a total of 17 Covid-19 patients have fully recovered and have been discharged.

“No new Covid-19 cases were reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) today. The total of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia remains at 22 cases, with five cases still receiving treatment in hospitals, ” said Dr Dzulkefly in a statement on Thursday (Feb 20).

Dr Dzulkefly said the five remaining patients are in a stable condition and three are currently treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital, while another two are at Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah and Sungai Buloh Hospital respectively.

The 27-year-old man is a businessman, who was found to be symptomatic at the Bukit Kayu Hitam checkpoint, at the Malaysia-Thailand border.

The 32-year-old woman is married to a Malaysian and resides in the country. She returned to China between Jan 22 and 30.

Both tested positive for Covid-19 on Feb 14 and were then put into isolation wards.

On the four Malaysians who were on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship which had docked in Japan, Dr Dzulkefly said three of them were passengers while one is a crew member.

He said two of them, who tested positive for Covid-19, are a husband and wife aged 71 and 66 respectively, and are currently being treated at Fujita Hospital in Nagoya.

Both are in stable condition.

Dr Dzulkefly added that the other Malaysian passenger, a 61-year-old woman, was found to be negative for Covid-19.

“The passenger will be allowed to travel back home to Malaysia by the Japanese health authorities upon completion of the 14-day quarantine period, ” he said.

He added that the Malaysian crew member is currently being monitored on board the ship by Japanese health authorities.

More than 620 people out of a total of 3,700 passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess have tested positive for Covid-19.

Two passengers who were diagnosed with the virus have died.

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