A 53-year-old Malaysian woman who had recently returned from Japan has become the country's 23rd COVID-19 case
According to Free Malaysia Today, health director general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the woman had a fever upon returning from Japan on 23 February.
She sought treatment at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur.
"A subsequent COVID-19 test was done, and she tested positive today," he said in a statement on Thursday, 27 February, adding the the case was referred to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) in Putrajaya.
Dr Noor Hisham also said two more COVID-19 patients made full recovery and were discharged on Wednesday, 26 February
The two women are a 67-year-old Chinese national and an 83-year-old American, who were the 16th and 22nd positive cases respectively in Malaysia, reported Malay Mail.
They were being treated at Hospital Sungai Buloh (HSB).
In total, 22 people have made successful recoveries from COVID-19 in Malaysia.
As of yesterday, he added, the authorities have collected samples for COVID-19 testing from 1,569 people in the country
According to The Star, these individuals are patient under investigation (PUI) cases, close contacts of positive-tested patients, evacuees and crew of the humanitarian mission to Wuhan, and passengers from the World Dream cruise that were under quarantine in Johor.
"From the total, 23 cases were COVID-19 positive, while 1,523 were negative, and 23 more are pending lab reports," he said.
Lastly, Dr Noor Hisham urged Malaysians to postpone travel plans to COVID-19 outbreak countries
As quoted by New Straits Times, he said that observations showed a drastic rise of cases in South Korea, Japan, Italy, and Iran over the past week.
He noted that there were 81,398 registered COVID-19 cases, with 2,770 deaths worldwide, and from that total, 3,200 cases and 52 deaths were outside China.