Lab results of 5 coronavirus carriers pending

The cumulative number of PUI cases of 2019-nCoV currently stands at 37 with 18 Malaysians, 13 Chinese and one Jordanian

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic by BERNAMA

HEALTH authorities are awaiting lab analysis results of five Chinese national patients who were suspected of showing the coronavirus symptoms.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said all five of them are under observation at Langkawi Hospital, Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Bintulu Hospital.

As at press time, four Chinese nationals in Malaysia have been infected with the virus.

The cumulative number of patient-under-investigation (PUI) cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) currently stands at 37 — 18 of the cases are Malaysian citizens, 18 are Chinese nationals and one Jordanian.

“The negative cases were the 18 Malaysian patients, 13 Chinese and the Jordanian, while four other are pending on the laboratory results.

“To date, 19 PUI cases have been treated in isolation wards and are in stable condition,” he said at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport yesterday.

He also said as previously noted, three of the eight close contacts in Singapore were found positive for 2019-nCoV infection.

“All three cases are still being treated in isolation wards and reported in stable condition. To date, a total of 17 2019-nCoV positive case contacts have been identified and placed under the Monitoring and Exit Order at the designated premises, pending their test results,” he added.

He noted that as of Jan 26 at 3pm, a total of 164,692 travellers had arrived at the international arrival entrance and were screened.

“Of these, nine travellers were referred for further examination. However, all of these travellers were found not to meet the symptoms, or PUI criteria, as set out in the 2019-nCoV No 02/2020 virus management procedure,” he said.

They were provided with health warning cards, where in the event of a serious symptom, the traveller has been advised to seek immediate treatment at a nearby health facility.

Dr Dzulkefly also said the ministry wants to announce that there has been news related to the PUI case in Langkawi, involving two Chinese children.

“Both cases are in isolation wards and are in stable condition, whereby samples for each child were taken and are still pending laboratory results,” he added.

On Sunday, a meeting on the virus involving various ministries has been chaired in order to ensure the nation’s preparations.

Dr Dzulkefly said among the resolutions of the meeting include to continue enhancement of preparedness and response activities in the face of the outbreak, and to control international entries.

“Civilians are also advised to postpone travels or visits to China, while maintaining high hygiene levels such as washing hands with water and soap, as well as immediately seeking medical attention in the event of illness — such as having respiratory tract infections within two weeks of returning from the republic,” he said.

He added that the ministry will continue to monitor the progress of the infection via information obtained from the World Health Organisation.

“People will be kept up-to-date on the latest developments, and the ministry will ensure that appropriate precautions and controls are taken,” he said.