The Malaysia Ministry of Health just announced a new COVID-19 patient – another Chinese tourist from Wuhan. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in Malaysia to nineteen (19).
COVID-19 | SARS-CoV-2 : A Quick Explainer
First of all, let us clarify that COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 19) is the new official name for 2019-nCoV, which is informally known as the Wuhan coronavirus.
The virus itself is now called SARS-CoV-2, in recognition of how closely it resembles the SARS virus.
We will, henceforth, be using COVID-19 in reference to the disease, and SARS-CoV-2 is reference to the virus.
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19th COVID-19 Patient In Malaysia : Another Chinese Tourist
The new COVID-19 patient, the 19th in Malaysia, is a 39-year old Chinese female from Wuhan. She arrived with four other tourists from Wuhan, China, on 25 January 2020.
Two of her fellow travellers were diagnosed with COVID-19 on 5 February and 7 February respectively. Identified as patient no 14 and no 16, they are currently being treated at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital’s isolation ward.
Following their diagnoses, she was put under mandatory surveillance and monitoring by the District Health Office.
She started presenting with fever and cough on 12 February 2020, and was tested and confirmed to have COVID-19 at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL). She is now in stable condition at the HKL isolation ward.
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Current Tally Of COVID-19 Patients In Malaysia
Here is the current tally of COVID-19 patients in Malaysia :
- Thirteen (13) Chinese citizens
- Six (6) Malaysian citizens
Those nineteen cases were classified as :
- Nine (9) cases of Patient-Under-Investigation (PUI)
- Eight (8) cases of close contacts
- Two (2) cases of Malaysian citizens brought home through the Humanitarian Assistance Mission.
At the moment, 223 other individuals have been identified as close contacts, and the Malaysia Ministry of Health is still performing contact tracing to identify other potential close contacts.
The good news is three patients have recovered and been discharged.
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