No trace of Wuhan coronavirus in Malaysia

Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye inspecting the thermal scanning at KLIA earlier today. (Bernama pic)

SEPANG: No traces of coronavirus have been detected in the country, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

He said 61 of the 267,054 passengers and airline crew members screened at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) from Jan 15 to 20 recorded high body temperature readings, but these cases were not linked to the virus.

“A second scan found that the 61 passengers, among them Malaysians, Myanmar and Irish nationals, were suffering from common fever,” he said today.

He said from Jan 15 to 20, thermal scans were conducted on 258,246 passengers and 8,808 crew members, from a total of 2,484 aircraft that landed at KLIA.

Lee inspected the thermal scan process at KLIA today following the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China. He said the rigorous monitoring process was carried out after Chinese health authorities confirmed there was a risk of the virus spreading.

“We have taken steps to improve screening at all entry points to the country,” he said.

Lee said anyone who entered the country would undergo a thermal scanning process.

If they are not well or feverish, they would be placed at the KLIA Health Quarantine Centre before being taken to the Sungai Buloh Hospital for further action.

He said individuals who had been to China over the last 14 days and had a fever, cold or pneumonia were advised to visit the nearest healthcare centre, where officials have been instructed to be on high alert and take appropriate action to address the situation.

International media reports said that so far, 217 new cases of coronavirus had been detected with four deaths reported.