Latest COVID-19 Patient Is A Malaysian Woman Who Just Came Back From Japan

The new case comes just as Malaysia's last two patients of the previously infected 22 made successful recoveries.

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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.

Health director general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

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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.

The American patient and her husband were discharged from HSB on Wednesday, 26 February. He was admitted for treatment of severe pneumonia but was tested negative for COVID-19.

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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.

Passengers undergoing health screening at the Air Disaster Unit (ADU) in KLIA when they arrived safely back on Wednesday, 26 February.

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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.

Japan was recently admiring Malaysia's control of the COVID-19 epidemic:

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