Good news for two patients in Malaysia who were previously diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus: The duo was discharged from Sungai Buloh Hospital earlier today, bringing the number of patients in Malaysia who have made a full recovery to 15.
Both individuals are Malaysian nationals who tested positive for the virus earlier this month, and were cases 17 and 18.
Case 17 was a 65-year-old female patient who was the mother-in-law of a 41-year-old Selangor man who was Malaysia’s ninth case, and was discharged on Monday. Case 18 was a 31-year-old male, based in Macau, China. None of his close contacts have tested positive for the virus.
Malaysian Health Minister Dr. Dzulkefly Ahmad has confirmed that no new cases have been reported in the last five days, and that a total of 15 patients have since been discharged from hospital after being treated for the coronavirus. Seven more are still in hospital receiving treatment.
While the virus’ march across China may be slowing, regional neighbors are recording new cases and monitoring those returning home, such as in Hong Kong and the Philippines, where hundreds are being repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Japan yesterday announced 79 more positive cases aboard the ship, bringing the total number of infected to at least 621 – nearly one in five of its roughly 3,700 passengers and crew.
COVID-19 has infected more than 70,000 people in China and killed at least 2,000 people there. Iran yesterday reported two deaths due to the coronavirus, the first fatalities in the Middle East.