5 new cases of Covid-19, all traced to patient 26

Malaysia is blocking the entry of visitors from Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna in Italy, Hokkaido in Japan and Tehran, Qom and Gilan in Iran.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has recorded five new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, bringing the tally to 55 positive cases so far.

Of this number, 22 have recovered.

All five cases have been traced back to patient 26.

Two patients, namely patient 54 and 55, had direct contact with patient 26.

The remaining patients 51, 52 and 53 had indirect contact with patient 26.

The virus has infected 94,900 people and killed at least 3,283 worldwide.

In a statement, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said contact tracing was being done.

He advised Malaysians not to travel to Lombardy, Veneto and Emilia-Romagna in Italy, Hokkaido in Japan and Tehran, Qom and Gilan in Iran.

He said the ministry had also decided to temporarily block the entry of visitors, regardless of nationality, from these areas unless it was after 14 days of their last visit.

He advised Malaysians to take precautionary measures, improve personal healthcare and follow any instructions issued by them.

Yesterday saw the biggest jump in Covid-19 cases with 14 new cases reported, the highest number since the epidemic began early this year.

The health ministry said the 14 individuals had been in contact with the 26th patient.

On Tuesday, seven new cases were reported which was also traced to patient 26.