Trainee nurse among four new Covid-19 cases in Malaysia, bringing total to 29

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    Source : The Star

    KUALA LUMPUR: A trainee nurse has been infected with Covid-19, the first healthcare worker to be infected with the disease in Malaysia.

    The 20-year-old was one of the four new Covid-19 cases reported at noon Sunday (March 1), said the Health Ministry

    All the four cases were Malaysians and this brings the total number of those infected with Covid-19 to 29.

    The trainee, who was labelled as case 27, was undergoing short-term training at a private hospital and had treated case 24. She was identified as a close contact during tracing by the health district office.

    On Feb 21 and 22, she had handled the case without wearing any personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended.

    On Feb 27, she started coughing and tested positive for Covid-19 on Feb 29.

    She was sent to the isolation ward in Hospital Kuala Lumpur for treatment and further observation, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement on Sunday.

    Meanwhile, case 26, a Malaysian man aged 52 had a history of travel to Shanghai, China in mid-January. He started having fever and sore throat on Feb 27 and sought outpatient treatment in a private hospital on the same day.

    A Covid-19 test was carried out he tested positive on Feb 29. He was admitted to the isolation ward in Hospital Sungai Buloh for treatment and further observation.

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