PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry says a new case of Covid-19 has been detected, while two more positive cases have made full recovery.
Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the latest positive case – the 23rd in the country – is a 53-year-old Malaysian woman, who travelled to Japan recently.
"After arriving back from Japan on Feb 23, the patient developed fever symptoms the following day, and received treatment in a hospital in Kuala Lumpur. A Covid-19 test was done, and it was found to be positive on Wednesday (Feb 27)," he said in a statement on Thursday (Feb 27).
Dr Hisham also said two patients recovered from Covid-19 and were discharged on Wednesday (Feb 26).
They were a 67-year-old woman from China and an 83-year-old female from the United States.
They are the 16th and 22nd positive cases respectively in Malaysia.
"Thus, a total of 22 people have fully recovered and have been discharged from the ward," he added.
Dr Hisham noted that up to Thursday (Feb 27), samples from a total of 1,569 individuals had been taken to test for Covid-19. These individuals are from patient-under-investigation (PUI), close contact cases, those from the humanitarian mission in Wuhan, and people from the Dream World cruise.
"From the total, 23 cases were Covid-19 positive, while 1,523 were negative and 23 cases are pending lab reports," he added.
Dr Hisham noted that a total of 66 individuals (46 Malaysians and 20 non-Malaysians) had been brought back from Wuhan, China, through the second Humanitarian Mission Aid on Feb 26.
"Upon arrival in Malaysia, they were screened and had their samples taken to confirm for Covid-19.
"Based on the screenings, no individuals have developed any Covid-19 symptoms and they were placed in an observation centre for 14 days," he added.