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Health DG: Another positive COVID-19 case, tally rises to 22

KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 16): Another positive COVID-19 case was reported yesterday, bringing the total number of cases in Malaysia to 22 so far.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pictured) said the latest case involved an 83-year-old US citizen. The woman was one of the passengers on board cruise ship MS Westerdam who were denied entry at several Asian ports recently before finally being allowed to disembark in Cambodia on Feb 13.

He said all passengers and crew members on board the cruise liner had been allowed to return to their respective countries by the Cambodian government after being subjected to health screenings.

“A total of 145 passengers from that cruise ship took a flight to Malaysia on Feb 14 and of these, the woman and her husband were found to have symptoms as soon as they landed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). They were then referred to the Sungai Buloh hospital for further examination.

“Screening tests were conducted by the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) and (the woman) was tested positive. The patient is in stable condition and is being treated at the hospital’s isolation ward,” he said in a statement here tonight.

The husband, aged 85 and also a US citizen, tested negative for the virus, Dr Noor Hisham said, adding that he is still undergoing treatment and observation at the Sungai Buloh hospital for his symptoms.

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