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COVID-19 Brunei: Malaysia COVID-19 case contacts tested negative, says minister (2020)

BY Izah Azahari

Malaysian Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham bin Abdullah disclosed on May 3, that out of the 57 COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, 10 were imported, including one from Brunei Darussalam.

“In connection with the one confirmed case in Malaysia, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has conducted a contract-tracing investigation and identified six individuals as the contacts of that case,” said Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at a press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall on Monday.

He added, “All of the contacts underwent a COVID-19 laboratory test which came back as negative. They are currently undergoing quarantine.”

The case involves a 10-month-old Malaysian infant who had travelled with the mother and other family members to Brunei Darussalam last March, to visit their grandparents and uncle, at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in the Sultanate.

They had remained at home in isolation, while in Brunei.

“They did not go out much and most of their daily necessities were bought by the uncle. Their contacts from that point, up to their return to Malaysia on March 27, were all identified, tested and found to be negative,” said Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham.

“A POCT (point-of-care test) was also carried out on them for their antibodies, in case of a previous infection which turned out to be negative. It is very unlikely that the patient contracted it from their family in Brunei.”

With investigations are ongoing into the case, Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said that other possibilities are still being studied, especially as to how only the 10-month-old became infected with the coronavirus.

-- Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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