Coronavirus: Malaysia records first local transmission


A Malaysian woman who is the first case of local transmission and a woman from Wuhan, China, are the two latest positive cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

It brings the tally of coronavirus positive cases in Malaysia to 14, comprising 10 China nationals and four locals.   

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (picture) said for the first local transmission case, the 40-year-old woman who has no history of visiting China, was a younger sister to the local man who was confirmed positive with the virus last Tuesday (Feb 4).

The woman is currently warded at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, Alor Setar and is reported to be in a stable condition. 

Speaking at a daily news conference on the latest 2019-nCoV cluster here today, Dr Dzulkefly said the woman had direct contact with her brother who just returned from Singapore to celebrate Chinese New Year in Alor Setar on Jan 23    

He said the woman experienced symptoms of fever and sore throat on Feb 1 before getting treatment at a private clinic.

“As soon as her brother was found 2019-nCoV positive, she was traced by Kuala Muda District Health Office.    

“Samples from the woman and her family members were taken, and after the 2019-nCoV detection and verification test conducted, the woman was confirmed positive on Feb 5 while the rest of her family members negative,” he said.  

For the woman from Wuhan, Dr Dzulkefly said the 32-year old individual was confirmed coronavirus positive after being referred to Kuala Lumpur Hospital yesterday (Feb 5) after having symptoms of the 2019-nCoV.

The health minister also said that the woman arrived in Malaysia on Jan 25 with her mother and three friends and had visited several tourist destinations in Kuala Lumpur.