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
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.