One more Covid-19 case, total now 19

by AFIQ AZIZ/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

ONE new Covid-19 case was reported in the country yesterday, making the total number of cases now 19 (at press time).

In a statement, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad (centre) said the new case was detected from a Chinese-national woman aged 39, who is a friend of the 14th patient and child to the 16th patient, and had already been isolated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL).

“She and four others arrived in Malaysia from Wuhan, China, on Jan 25.

“Immediately after cases number 14 and number 16 were confirmed positive on Feb 5 and Feb 7 respectively, yesterday’s suspect was isolated for monitoring,” he said.

Dr Dzulkefly said the suspect showed symptoms of fever and coughing on Wednesday.

“On the same day, she was referred to HKL and admitted for further treatment where she tested positive for Covid-19. She has been in isolation since and is now in a stable condition,” he added.

This brought the country’s Covid-19 cases to a total of 19. These included nine cases from the Patient-Under-Investigation group, eight cases from the close contact group, and two Malaysians who were brought home from China through the humanitarian aid mission.

Of the total, three were cleared of the virus and discharged.

“From the close contact group, 223 individuals were identified, and we are still tracking them down,” Dr Dzulkefly said.

On Wednesday, Dr Dzulkefly assured the public that Covid-19 — the name given by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the Wuhan virus, is still under control.

This was despite WHO regional director for Western Pacific calling for Malaysia to be prepared of a greater scale of Covid-19 transmission, as the virus may be more easily spread than earlier data recorded.

According to The New York Times, the number of deaths in the Hubei Province on Wednesday jumped by 242 to a total of 1,310, more than double the previous daily record of 103 set on Monday.

On related development, Dr Dzulkefly said the Ministry of Health (MoH) had initiated the Mental Health Psychosocial Support Service since Feb 6, to provide psychosocial support to individuals under the MoH monitoring order.

This service is also extended to MoH officers and other related agencies involved in the mission.

Among the activities are the basic psychological first aid in a group or individually, counselling session and further referral to specialist if needed.

“Presently, two cases have been referred for further treatment due to acute stress and anxiety. They are now under medication and in stable condition,” Dr Dzulkefly said.