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People wearing facemasks as a preventative measure following a coronavirus outbreak which began in the Chinese city of Wuhan. -AFP

PUTRAJAYA: There are two new novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infections in the country, bringing the total number of cases to 14.

The 13th case is a 40-year-old Malaysian woman, while the 14th is a Chinese tourist, aged 35.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the 13th infection was the sister of the first recorded Malaysian case on Feb 4.

“She had a fever and a sore throat on Feb 1 and started coughing on Feb 4. She sought treatment at a private clinic.

“Once her brother’s case was confirmed, she was traced by officers from the Kuala Muda District Health Office in Kedah,” Dr Dzulkefly said at a press conference yesterday.

The patient, he added, was admitted to an isolation ward in Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital in Alor Star, and was reported to be in a stable condition.

The 14th case, meanwhile, involved a Chinese woman from Wuhan, who had arrived in Malaysia with her mother and three friends on Jan 25.

Dr Dzulkefly said the woman had visited several tourist sites in Kuala Lumpur, and sought treatment from Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) when she had a low-grade fever on Feb 1.

She tested positive for 2019-nCoV virus on Feb 5, and was now receiving treatment at an isolation ward in HKL. On the Canadian teenager who was taken to HKL yesterday on suspicion of contracting 2019-nCoV, Dr Dzulkefly said the 17-year-old had been discharged from the hospital and he tested negative for the disease.

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