No new coronavirus cases in Malaysia as of Feb 1 — Health DG

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

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KUCHING, Feb 1: The novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) cases in the country as of 12pm today remained at eight cases, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

Three of the individuals are listed as “Patient Under Investigation” (PUI) and five others have been put under “close contact” cases.

“The total cumulative case of PUI for the 2019-nCoV is 142 cases, with six others still awaiting for laboratory test result. The “close contact” cases positive for 2019-nCoV also remained at 32 people,” he said in a statement today.

With regards to the recent viral story in the social media, where a suspected virus carrier refused to be put under detention and monitoring in a hospital in Selangor, Dr Noor Hisham said the his ministry are aware of the matter.

Based on the investigation conducted, the suspect is a Malaysian citizen and have a record of visiting Wuhan in China.

“After the hospital lodged a police report regarding the matter, the suspect was successfully tracked and admitted into a ward for treatment and investigation.

“However clinical samples taken on Jan 31 reported to be negative for 2019-nCoV,” he said.

The Health Ministry will continue to monitor the situation and will provide regular updates, Dr Noor Hisham continued. — DayakDaily