7 new Covid-19 cases traced to UDA chairman

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is briefed on the Covid-19 situation by Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (right) and Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Zuki Ali at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya today. (Berrnama pic)

PETALING JAYA: Seven new Covid-19 cases, all involving Malaysians, were recorded today, all of whom were traceable to UDA Holdings chairman Hisham Hamdan who had tested positive earlier, according to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The new cases bring the total to 36 Covid-19 cases in Malaysia.

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said 14 cases are being treated at Sungai Buloh Hospital and Kuala Lumpur Hospital while 22 others have been discharged.

All those receiving treatment are in stable condition, it said after new Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was briefed on the situation by Noor Hisham and Chief Secretary to the Government Mohd Zuki Ali, at Perdana Putra in Putrajaya.

The PMO urged those who had visited high-risk countries like China, South Korea, Japan and Italy to go to a hospital or health clinic if they show symptoms of cough, fever and
difficulty breathing.

As of today, more than 90,000 people in mainland China have been infected by the virus, with 3,084 fatalities.

The disease first emerged in December in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei, before spreading to more than 70 countries.

FMT reported yesterday quoting a source that UDA’s Hisham had recently been in contact with a former minister and deputy minister.

In a press statement, Khazanah Nasional which has a staff member on the UDA board said one of its employees had been diagnosed with Covid-19 and was being treated at a government hospital. However, the employee was not named.