13 of 18 Chinese nationals in Kelantan free of Covid-19, five still in quarantine, says state health director


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  • Saturday, 07 Mar 2020

A patient cured of Covid-19 goes to a first of its kind rehabilitation outpatient clinic in Central China's Hubei province for a re-examination on March 6, 2020. [Photo by Wang Jing/chinadaily.com.cn] Central China's Hubei province, center of the novel coronavirus pneumonia outbreak, opened its first rehabilitation facility for patients who've recovered from the disease at the Hubei Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine on Thursday. The facility is necessary as Covid-19 patients, especially severe cases, may have symptoms like fatigue, aching and lack of appetite after being discharged from the hospital, and need time for their pulmonary functions to recover.

KOTA BARU (Bernama): Thirteen of the 18 Chinese nationals working in the construction and mining sectors in Kelantan are free from Covid-19, says state Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin.

As for the remaining five Chinese nationals, he said, they were still in quarantine following their return to Kelantan from the republic last month.

"All the 18 Chinese citizens returned to their homeland for the recent Chinese New Year celebration and upon their return to Kelantan, we took the initiative to screen and quarantine them for two weeks at their homes.

"The five who are still in quarantine are those who returned to Kelantan separately, with the last one arriving in the state on Feb 28,” he said when contacted here on Saturday (March 7).

He said the Chinese citizens are working at several locations in the state, including Ladang Emas in Sokor, Tanah Merah and at the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project.

Dr Zaini said similar measures would be taken by the department on any family members of the Chinese nationals who come to Kelantan.

In a related development, he said the test results of 26 patients suspected with Covid-19 came back negative.

The Kelantan Health Department, he said, is always on the alert for the second wave of Covid-19 in the state, with another thermal scanner placed at the entry point at the Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security Complex in Rantau Panjang, Pasir Mas, to screen the body temperature of those arriving in Kelantan.- Bernama

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