Ex-Minister, Deputy Test Negative For Coronavirus

By CodeBlue | 03 March 2020

Malaysia’s 26th case, said to be a senior Khazanah employee, is in stable condition.

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KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — A former minister and his deputy have tested negative for coronavirus after exposure to a Covid-19 patient.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sungai Buloh Hospital tests yesterday cleared two “high-profile individuals” who were close contacts of Case 26, but he did not name them.

He also said no new Covid-19 cases were reported as of yesterday, with the cumulative cases in Malaysia remaining at 29, out of which 22 have fully recovered. Seven patients are receiving treatment in various hospitals in the Klang Valley and are in stable condition.

“Case 26 who was reported on 1st March 2020 is currently receiving treatment in the isolation ward of Sungai Buloh Hospital and in a stable condition,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement yesterday.

“Five close family members, one personal assistant to Case 26 and one private health care personnel had tested negative for Covid-19. Investigation and contact tracing activities are still ongoing.”

Malaysia’s 26th coronavirus case is said to be a senior Khazanah Nasional Berhad employee who attended a recent ministry function with a former minister and deputy minister. The Khazanah staff had a history of traveling to Shanghai, China.

The former minister from Bersatu yesterday told Bernama that he had tested negative for Covid-19 and was under quarantine at home.

Subang MP Wong Chen from PKR also said last night that former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail told him that the ex-deputy minister had been cleared of coronavirus.

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