KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia will work closely with all countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) in the management of Covid-19 infection as well as coordinating information to facilitate close contact tracing activities.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said Malaysia together with Cambodia would also further strengthen collaboration between the two nations in combatting the infection.
Dr Dzulkefly said this was relayed during a teleconference between him and Cambodian Health Minister Prof Mam Bunheng this evening.
During the teleconference, Dr Dzukefly said he also informed his Cambodian counterpart on the progress of the American woman who displayed symptoms and subsequently tested positive for Covid-19 when she arrived in Malaysia from Cambodia.
“I have also informed His Excellency (Prof. Mam Bunheng) that the patient underwent repeated Covid-19 tests and that she still found to be positive (of the infection),” he said in a statement today.
It was reported that the woman, 83, together with her 85-year-old husband along with 143 others flew into the country from Cambodia using a chartered Malaysia Airlines flight MH8763 on Feb 14.
Thermal scanners at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) detected the woman and her husband displaying symptoms associated with the infection. Further tests conducted on the couple showed that the woman was positive of Covid-19 and she was treated at the Sungai Buloh Hospital near here.
The test results for her husband showed he was not infected by the virus. He, however, was being treated for bacterial infection.
The couple together with the 143 passengers on board MH8763 were among 2,257 passengers and crew members of a cruise ship operated by Holland America Inc.
The cruise ship docked in Cambodia on Feb 13 after two weeks when it was turned away by Japan, Taiwan, Guam, the Philippines and Thailand.
On the case involving the American woman, which is the 22nd confirmed Covid-19 case in Malaysia, Dr Dzulkefly said communications with the National IHR (International Health Regulations) Focal Point had also been established since Feb 14.
“The Malaysian IHR Focal Point had communicated with the Cambodia IHR Focal Point since Feb 14, even before the positive case was confirmed,” he said.
He added that the ministry would continue monitoring latest developments related to Covid-19 infections through information and updates provided by WHO.