PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has identified and confirmed the 19th local victim of the 2019 novel-coronavirus (Covid-19) today.
Health Ministry director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the victim, a 39-year-old tourist from Wuhan, China, showed symptoms while she was placed under home surveillance.
The woman, who travelled with her friends and mother had returned (here) on Jan 25. One of her friends and her mother were identified (earlier) as case 14 and case 16 in the Health Ministry’s case count records. They both tested positive for the Covid-19 on Feb 5 and 7, respectively.
“While under surveillance, victim 19 developed a cough and fever on Feb 12.
“She was then admitted to the Kuala Lumpur Hospital. Tests conducted on the same day returned positive for Covid-19,“ said Noor Hisham in a statement today.
He said the woman has been placed at an isolation ward and is currently reported to be in stable condition.
The other two women, her friend and mother, aged 37 and 67, are also in isolation at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
Of the 19 confirmed cases in Malaysia, 13 are China nationals while six are Malaysians.
Three patients, all from China, have recovered from the coronavirus and have been discharged.