Malaysia records 2 new Covid-19 cases, bans visitors from S. Korean outbreak areas

The health ministry has advised Malaysians not to travel to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran.

PETALING JAYA: The health ministry today reported that a Japanese woman and an Italian man living in Malaysia have tested positive for Covid-19.

These bring the total number of cases to 25.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 41-year-old Japanese woman who works in Malaysia had travelled to Japan in January and Indonesia early this month.

“She is now being treated in an isolation ward in Hospital Kuala Lumpur,” he said in a statement today.

The 54-year-old Italian man, meanwhile, had travelled for work to Italy earlier this month. He has been admitted to an isolation ward in Hospital Sungai Buloh for treatment and observation.

The man is married to a Malaysian and resides in Malaysia, Noor Hisham added.

Of the total number of cases in Malaysia, 22 patients have recovered.

Noor Hisham also advised Malaysians to postpone travels to China, South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran as these places have been declared as areas with outbreaks of the virus.

He also said South Koreans from the lockdown city of Daegu and Chengdo county and foreign nationals who have been to those areas within the last 14 days will be barred for entering Malaysia.

The ban also applies to visitors transiting in Malaysia.

Malaysians, pass holders and permanent residents who have been to the city of Daegu and the Cheongdo county within 14 days of arriving in Malaysia will also have to undergo health screenings.

The Immigration Department will also set up special counters for visitors from South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran as part of stricter screening measures.