4 more Covid-19 cases identified

Director-general of Health Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah says 29 Covid-19 cases have been detected so far. – Health Ministry pic, March 1, 2020.

FOUR more Covid-19 cases have been reported, bringing the number in the country to 29.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 26th case is a 52-year-old man who had visited Shanghai in mid-January.

He said the man came down with fever and sore throat on February 27 and received outpatient treatment at a private hospital the same day.

“Covid-19 detection screening tests conducted on him turned up positive yesterday and he was admitted to the isolation ward of Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment while the source of the infection is being investigated and tracing of close contacts is being carried out,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Noor Hisham said the 27th case is a 20-year-old trainee nurse who was on short-term attachment to a private hospital which treated case 24.

“While contact tracing activities were conducted by the District Health Office, she was identified as one of the close contacts of that case.

“On February 21 and 22, she handled that case without wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) and on February 27 she came down with cough and was confirmed COVID-19 positive yesterday. She has been admitted to the isolation ward of the Kuala Lumpur Hospital,” he added.

He said the 28th case is a 45-year-old man who is a colleague of case 25.

“He, case 25 and another colleague have travel history to Milan, Italy, from February 15 to 21. When close contact tracing was done, he was found to have symptoms since February 26 and Covid-19 tests were confirmed positive on February 29.

“He has been admitted to the isolation ward of Sungai Buloh Hospital for treatment and further monitoring,” he added.

In another development, Khazanah Nasional Bhd said one of the four latest cases is an employee who is now under the care of a government hospital.

“Khazanah is working closely with the health authorities and the management of our office premises in undertaking the necessary measures and precautions to ensure the health and safety of all our employees and those around them.

“This includes supporting health authorities in identifying individuals who have come into close contact with the affected employee,” Khazanah said in a statement.

It added that it continues to operate, with minimal disruptions. – Bernama, March 1, 2020.

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