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This latest case, involving a 40-year-old male tourist from Wuhan, is unrelated to the three announced earlier. - NSTP/MOHD AZREN JAMALUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR: The Health Ministry has confirmed one more case of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Malaysia, bringing the total of positive cases to four.

This latest case, involving a 40-year-old male tourist from Wuhan, is unrelated to the three announced earlier.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, in a statement, said the man arrived in Johor Baru by bus from Singapore on Jan 22.

"He was with a group of 17 tourists. His wife and child were also in the group.

"On Jan 23, he started to have a fever. He sought medical attention the next day at a private hospital nearby. He was referred to the Infectious Diseases team at Hospital Sultanah Aminah, Johor Baru. Tests confirmed he was positive on Jan 25."

He said the patient was in stable condition.

All 17 contacts of the patient have been placed under observation.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad has earlier confirmed three positive cases of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Malaysia involving Chinese nationals from Wuhan.

Dzulkelfy said the three positive cases were identified as close contacts with the 66-year-old man and his son who were earlier found positive with 2019-nCoV in Singapore.

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