PETALING JAYA: All seven new Covid-19 cases reported on Tuesday (March 3) were found to have been in close contact with the country's 26th patient, says the Health Ministry.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said that the patients, all Malaysians, were traced via contact tracing from an Uda Holdings Bhd board member – the country's 26th Covid-19 patient.
Among the seven included a paramedic who provided aid to him.
"Case 34 is a local man, aged 40. The patient is a paramedic and had provided treatment to the 26th case. He has no history of overseas travel. He was confirmed positive on March 3 and has been admitted to the Sungai Buloh Hospital," he said.
Patient 30 and 35 were found to have travelled to Australia recently, while patient 33 attended a meeting in Kuching on Feb 16.
He also said that patient 31 and 32 have no record of overseas travel.
All patients have been admitted to the Sungai Buloh and Kuala Lumpur hospitals.
"The Health Ministry will continue their surveillance on the Covid-19 infection from time to time. Contact tracing for the 26th case and other newly-reported cases are currently underway," he said.
Earlier, the Prime Minister’s Office said that seven new cases were reported, bringing the total number to 36.
On Tuesday, Uda Holdings said one of its board members had been tested positive for Covid-19 and was being quarantined in a government hospital.
Former entrepreneur development minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Yusof and his deputy Datuk Dr Hatta Ramli were also seen in close contact with patient No. 26.
Uda is a property company under Redzuan’s former ministry.
It is learnt that the board member, who is also part of the Khazanah Nasional Bhd management, was at a function attended by Redzuan and Hatta.