Novel Coronavirus in Malaysia

The first novel coronavirus in Malaysia started in Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia first confirmed on Thursday (Feb 6) its first locally transmitted case of the novel coronavirus, with the patient being the sister of the Malaysian man who attended a conference in Singapore and later tested positive for the virus.

Malaysia first confirmed on Thursday (Feb 6) its first locally transmitted case of the novel coronavirus, with the patient being the sister of the Malaysian man who attended a conference in Singapore .

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday said the Malaysian national was in Singapore from Jan 16 to Jan 23 for a business meeting at the Grand Hyatt Hotel tha came in contact with Chinese nationals.

After his return to Malaysia, the 42-year-old man developed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Feb 3.

MOH said it has initiated epidemiological investigations and contact tracing to identify those who has came in contact with the patient.

The man started showing signs and symptoms on Jan 29, nearly a week after he returned to Malaysia, according to Malaysian authorities. Advertisement

The man’s immediate family will also be put under surveillanc for 14 days, Dr Dzulkefly added.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, MOH’s director of medical services Kenneth Mak said Singapore was in touch with authorities in Malaysia.

“We have got excellent relations with the Malaysian health authorities, we have been cooperating bilaterally,” Associate Professor Mak said.

He added: “We understand that the particular risk exposure was quite some time ago … There is a possibility that many of the people that took part in this particular meeting may (not be) in Singapore anymore.”

Article by CNA