KUALA LUMPUR: Two more new Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday (Feb 28), bringing the total reported cases to 25.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the 24th case was a Japanese woman, aged 41, who works in Malaysia.
She had a history of travelling to Japan in January and also to Indonesia in early February.
She had a fever and sought treatment on Feb 17. She was admitted to a private hospital on Feb 20 and a Covid-19 test was taken. It was positive.
“She is currently being treated at the isolation ward in Hospital Kuala Lumpur, ” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement.
The 25th case is an Italian man aged 54 who is married to a Malaysian and lives in Malaysia.
He had a history of travelling to Italy for work from Feb 15 to 21. He started having fever, cough, joint pains and body aches the following day.
“He received outpatient treatment from Feb 23 to 25. On Feb 28, a Covid-19 test confirmed he was infected, ” said Dr Noor Hisham, adding that the man had been admitted to the isolation ward in Hospital Sungai Buloh.
Meanwhile, Malaysia has imposed a temporary ban on all visitors from South Korea (including foreigners) who had travelled to Daegu city and Cheongdo district in the last 14 days before arriving in Malaysia.
Dr Noor Hisham said the decision was made, after the Covid-19 clusters committee meeting with various agencies.
The temporary ban includes those who are transiting in Malaysia, he said.
However, Malaysians, permanent residents and social visit pass holders who had been in those areas within 14 days before arriving in Malaysia need to be screened by the Health Ministry, he said.
To enhance control of international entry points, the Immigration Department will prepare special counters for visitors from Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran, he added.
“Meanwhile, Malaysians are advised to postpone all travels to cities and provinces in China affected by the epidemic, as well as to South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran.
“The measures will be enforced with immediate effect, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.