Malaysia records 7 new cases of Covid-19

The number is the highest in a single day of positive cases reported so far, totalling the country’s virus count to 36

By AFIQ AZIZ / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

MALAYSIA recorded seven new cases of coronavirus yesterday, bringing the total number of infected patients to 36 people (as at press time), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said in a statement yesterday.

It is the highest number in a single day of positive Covid-19 case reported so far.

Of the 36, 22 patients — or 61.1% — have recovered, while the remaining patients are currently being treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital and Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL).

“The 14 cases are still being treated in Sungai Buloh Hospital and HKL. Those warded are already in a stable condition,” the statement added.

The Covid-19 positive case stood at 22 cases as at Feb 16, with no new cases recorded within the next 11 days.

However, the second wave of positive cases began on Feb 27, with 14 new cases reported in under a week.

In Sarawak, the person under investigation (PUI) for Covid-19 increased to 15 new cases.

In a statement, the State Disaster Management Committee said among the confirmed cases, eight cases were reported at the Sarawak General Hospital in Kuching, six in Bintulu and one in Sibu Hospital.

“With the new cases, Sarawak has recorded a total of 148 PUI cases since Jan 10, which include 11 Malaysians, 22 Chinese nationals, two Vietnamese, a Thai, an Indonesian, a Pakistani, a Canadian and an Australian.

Meanwhile, UDA Holdings Bhd said yesterday that their staff have been permitted to work from home to allow the sanitisation process to take place at its headquarters in Pertama Complex, KL.

This preventive measure was conducted following one of its board members tested positive of Covid-19, identified as the 26th person in Malaysia to be infected with the virus.

“Visitors and staff are given face masks and hand sanitisers as preventive measures,” it said. The permission for its staff to work from home will be carried out until further notice, it added.

UDA Holdings’ subsidiary, Ancasa Hotel KL has also started their sanitising procedure at its building since Monday afternoon.

“Ancasa Hotel is also sanitising the building on a regular basis, besides putting an obligation for the staff to always wear masks and always sanitise themselves,” the group said in a statement, adding that there is no Covid-19 case reported involving their in-house guest and staff at the moment.

Earlier this week, the Pantai Hospital KL has confirmed three cases of Covid-19.

In a statement on Monday, the hospital management said the first case is a 41-year-old Japanese female who recently travelled to Indonesia. She is Malaysia’s 24th case.

The patient was admitted to Pantai Hospital on Feb 20 with gastrointestinal symptoms including fever and dehydration, and was called for a Covid-19 test on Feb 26.

She was promptly transferred to HKL for further treatment and monitoring, and was tested positive the next day.

The Pantai Hospital was subsequently shut down on Feb 26, with all affected rooms and wards were disinfected thoroughly, while all staff and patients who had been in contact with the Japanese patient have been traced and placed under quarantine.

A student nurse and a patient, who were sharing the same room with the Japanese patient, were also tested positive.

The nurse, referred as the country’s 27th case, was later admitted to HKL on Feb 29.

The third patient from Pantai Hospital was the country’s 29th case, a 35-year-old Malaysian who was in a shared room with the Japanese patient.

She was tested positive on Feb 29 and is now in an isolation ward at Sungai Buloh Hospital.

Following this incident, the Pantai Hospital cardiologist Datuk Dr Sanjiv Joshi has also quarantined himself for 14 days as a preventive measure.

To date, the total reported cases worldwide have reached 90,306, involving 70 nations, with 3,084 (3.4%) deaths (at a press time), while 45,603 (50.5%) patients have recovered.