18 Covid-19 patients discharged, 4 still receiving treatment

The Malaysian woman discharged from the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Star yesterday with her family members and hospital staff. (Ministry of Health pic)

PETALING JAYA: Eighteen of the 22 confirmed Covid-19 cases in Malaysia have fully recovered and were discharged from hospital, the health ministry said today.

The other four cases are still receiving treatment and in stable condition, it said.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the latest case to be discharged is a Malaysian woman, aged 40, who was confirmed with the virus infection on Feb 5 and treated at Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Star, Kedah.

She was allowed to go home yesterday.

Noor Hisham said 20 of the 22 confirmed cases were imported – those with history of travel or living overseas, particularly in China. The remaining two cases were among family members of one of the confirmed imported cases, who is a Malaysian.

He said the ministry has proactively strengthened the Covid-19 surveillance system to detect local cases in the community.

The Covid-19 surveillance system utilises the same principles as the influenza surveillance system – through detection of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) and influenza-like illness (ILI) cases at selected hospitals and health clinics.

Following the strengthening of detection among SARI cases initiated on Feb 12, no samples have been found to be positive for Covid-19, he said, adding that the stepping up of detection among ILI cases began yesterday.