MoH confirms eighth Wuhan virus case in Johor Bahru

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, Jan 30: The Health Ministry (MoH) today confirmed one new novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection, bringing Malaysia’s total number of cases to eight.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said all the eight cases are Chinese nationals.

“The latest is a 49-year-old woman from China. She is the wife of the seventh confirmed victim, whom she was in close contact with. She has been admitted to the isolation ward in Permai Hospital, Johor Bahru. Her condition is reported to be stable,” according to Dr Noor Hisham in a statement issued today.

He added that between Jan 10 to Jan 29, the cumulative number of patient-under investigation (PUI) cases for 2019-nCoV infections are 89; of which 44 are Malaysians, 42 Chinese citizens and one each from Jordan, Brazil and Thailand.

Meanwhile, 81 PUI cases turned out negative while another five are still pending laboratory results.

Out of these, 32 people are in close contact with 2019-nCoV positive cases and all of them have been placed under monitoring and separation, which are closely monitored by MOH.

“The earlier three PUI cases have been confirmed positive 2019-nCoV and they are now in the isolation ward at Permai Hospital and Sultanah Maliha Hospital, Langkawi.

“Another five cases who were in close contact with PUI have been positively confirmed with the virus. Four are in the isolation ward at Sungai Buloh Hospital and one in Permai Hospital,” Dr Noor Hisham revealed, adding that all the positive cases are in stable condition. — DayakDaily