Covid-19: Two more patients have recovered, seven still receiving treatment

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Published on: 19 Feb 2020

PUTRAJAYA (Feb 19): The number of fully-recovered Covid-19 patients has increased to 15 after two more confirmed cases were given a clean bill of health and discharged from the Sungai Buloh Hospital today.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the two cases were the 17th and 18th cases tested positive for Covid-19 on Feb 9.

“The Ministry of Health (MOH) would also like to inform that there is no new case reported today.

“The total cumulative confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia remains at 22 cases, with seven cases still receiving treatment in hospitals,” he told a press conference here today.

Meanwhile, Dzulkefly said the MOH will not take it easy and just be content with the success in reducing the number of Covid-19 infected patients.

The Minister said the local medical personnel should continue to be alert and always take into consideration the situation in Singapore as it could have similar effect on Malaysia.

“Let’s not be too comfortable with our success in reducing the number of patients because Singapore is facing ‘heightened risk’ which has prompted it to move up its response to the coronavirus outbreak to Code Orange.

“As for members of the public, they should continue observing a healthy lifestyle and those who have symptoms should continue wearing facemasks to prevent spread to others,” he said.

Dzulkefly said Malaysia will also discuss with Singapore on the possible joint approach to be taken to tackle the coronavirus situation, including in the aspects of health screening of people travelling between the two countries.

Of the 22 positive Covid-19 cases reported in Malaysia, nine had entered the country via Singapore.

When asked whether Malaysia is prepared to share its expertise in treating Covid-19 patients, Dzulkefly it is being done through the ASEAN Emergency Operation Centre Network platform.

“We are always committed to collaborating and sharing our expertise and information on public health, as well as on the management and treatment of Covid-19 patients with any quarters,” he said.

Earlier, Dzulkefly launched the Virtual Health Advisory, which is a digital platform to channel information and reduce public misinformation regarding Covid-19 infection.

The platform, which was created in collaboration between the MOH and DoctorOnCall, can be accessed for free for the first three months.

Dzulkefly said through the platform, the general public will also be able to obtain virtual or online consultation with MOH’s Family Medicine Specialists and medical officers.

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