Straits Herald January 26, 2020

Malaysian authorities have confirmed that the parents of a 2 year-old Chinese national, suspected to have been infected with Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has avoided being quarantined despite instructions from the hospital, by taking their baby away from the quarantine area of the hospital.

Straits Herald has sighted a police report that was filed by a doctor from Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) on this matter.

HSA is Malaysia’s most southernly located hospital, which overlooks the Singapore. Geographically, HSA is merely 3 km away from that island-nation, separated by the Straits of Tebrau, and is usually the first contact point for Singaporean-related medical treatment.

The two-year-old patient who was referred to the hospital by a private hospital had influenza-like symptoms and is suspected to have the Wuhan coronavirus.

On 24 Jan, the doctor, along with another paediatrician had told the parents, also Chinese nationals, that the child had to be sent for quarantine at nearby Hospital Permai for further examination.

This suggestion was flatly rejected by the parents, as the parents argued that they had to catch a flight back to China the next day (on 25 Jan).

Johor Bahru (S) Deputy OCPD Supt Afzanizam Yahaya confirmed they had received the report.

Authorities have informed that they have since found the baby and their parents and are currently being quarantined under police supervision.