MOH: Selangor Resident Is 1st Malaysian To Test Positive For Wuhan Coronavirus

The local is one of two new cases announced by the Ministry of Health today, 4 February.

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A man from Selangor has tested positive for the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the first local to date, said Health Minister Datuk Seri Dzulkefly Ahmad at a press conference today, 4 February

Dzulkefly said the man travelled to Singapore from 16 to 23 January to attend a meeting with several colleagues from China.

The Straits Times reported that one of the foreign delegates was from Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

The 41-year-old man sought treatment at a private hospital last Wednesday, 29 January, for fever and cough, one week after he returned to Malaysia

"Then, he was referred to the Sungai Buloh Hospital on 2 February, and was admitted to the isolation ward. He was confirmed for the 2019-nCoV yesterday," Dzulkefly said, as quoted by Malay Mail.

He added that the patient is stable and the Ministry of Health has started contact tracing with the patient's family.

The ministry has also contacted its Singapore counterpart to commence contact tracing there.

The Malaysian is one of two new cases declared by the Ministry of Health today, bringing the country's total of confirmed coronavirus cases up to 10

The other patient confirmed to be positive is a 63-year-old Chinese national.

Early this morning, the team sent to evacuate Malaysians stranded in Wuhan arrived home safely:

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