Straits Herald January 25, 2020

A 65-year-old women, and her grandsons (11, and 2) are the first three confirmed positive cases of the deadly SARS-like, Coronavirus.

The Malaysian Health Minister confirmed.

The three entered Malaysia from the southern state of Johor, via Singapore.

According to Malaysia’s Health Ministry, when the three entered Johor, they did not display any signs of fever or infections.

But clinical tests later showed they tested positive for the virus provisionally called 2019-nCoV.

The three are being warded at Selangor’s Sungai Buloh Hospital, Malaysia’s center for infectious disease.

The woman was the wife of a 66-year-old Wuhan resident who was confirmed in Singapore to be infected with 2019-nCoV. The two infected young boys are their grandchildren.

Seperately, outside of this three, the Health Ministry’s national Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) has received nine reports of suspected cases, but all tested negative.

MOVING FORWARD

Malaysian authorities have announced that a rapid response and assessment teams have been set up to trace contacts of suspected patients.

In China, a doctor treating patients in the fronline has died after contracting the novel coronavirus. He was 62.

Government officials are reminding all frontline workers, from health care providers to immigration agents, to always wear self-protective gear, as events unfolding could turn very deadly in a short time.

Malaysia now joins the unenviable list of countries that now have recorded confirmed positive cases of coronavirus. They are Australia, France, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong, and the United States.