Malaysia records its first coronavirus case, three tourists test positive!

Malaysia records its first coronavirus case, three tourists test positive!

PUCHONG: The Health Ministry confirmed that three Chinese tourists in Malaysia have been tested positive for coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV.

Speaking to the press today, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said that the government was informed by the Singaporean authorities that a family of five were travelling into Johor.

The family consists of a man, his wife, son, daughter in law and two children.

It appears that the 66-year old man had his son contracted the coronavirus first.

“I would like to thank our Singaporean counterparts for their assistance in informing us about the coronavirus carriers.

 “For now, we have the grandfather and the two young kids kept in isolation and observation ward in Sungai Buloh Hospital.

“The mother of the children had requested to stay with her kids and we allowed her,” he said, adding that they were all from Wuhan. China.

The fatal disease, which is believed to have originated from China, has become a nightmare for the Chinese government, affecting the Lunar New Year celebration.

Several cities in China has been under lockdown. However, it has done little to prevent the coronavirus from spreading across the globe.

Whether the government will declare the disease a pandemic, Health Ministry director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said it will depend on the advice given by the World Health Organization (WHO).

“We formed a committee to look into this but ultimately it will be a decision by WHO.

“At the moment, the WHO committee decided not to declare it as a global pandemic. The plan is for the respective nations to take action. China has done it by quarantining cities and transport for 40 million people.

“On our part, flights to Wuhan have been cancelled. So, we have done some things and closely following what China is doing,” he said.

On domestic pandemic control, Dzulkefly said the government has tightened health screening on tourists arriving in Malaysia.

He also said that medical facilities would also take strict measures to ensure no one gets infected.

“We have issued a circular to all medical practitioners to take the necessary steps. They are also told to wear personal protection equipment on themselves at all times,” he said.