4-Year-Old Patient In Langkawi First In Malaysia To Recover From The Novel Coronavirus

"She is healthy and is allowed to go home," said Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham.

Cover image via KKM/New Straits Times & Twitter @KKMPutrajaya

One of the patients diagnosed with the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Malaysia has recovered and been allowed to return home, said the Ministry of Health

According to New Straits Times, the four-year-old girl from China, admitted to Hospital Sultanah Maliha, Langkawi on 29 January, was discharged yesterday, 4 February.

She is the first of 10 patients in Malaysia to have been cured from the infection.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the results of the patient's 2019-nCoV detection test that was conducted twice both turned out negative

"She is healthy and is allowed to go home," he said in a statement released yesterday, reported The Star.

"This case proves that the 2019-nCoV infection can be treated, and patients can fully recover, as reported in other cases in China," he added.

Dr Noor Hisham also thanked the hospital staff at Hospital Sultanah Maliha for treating and monitoring the child until her complete recovery.

As of today, 5 February, there are 24,324 confirmed cases and a death toll of 490 in mainland China

According to CNA, China's National Health Commission reported there were 3,887 new cases and 65 new deaths yesterday - the biggest single-day tally since the first fatalities occurred last month.

However, as also said by Dr Noor Hisham in the statement yesterday, "Perception among the public that the 2019-nCoV is fatal (could not be treated) after one has been infected by the virus is certainly wrong."

As of writing, 891 patients have actually recovered from the coronavirus infection in China, according to this real-time tracking map from Johns Hopkins University's Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).

A Universiti Malaya professor previously said that patients have a high chance of recovery from the novel coronavirus infection:

On Sunday, 2 February alone, 147 cured patients were discharged from hospitals in Hubei district:

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