29 Januari, 2020

With 3 new cases of virus infection in Malaysia, total at 7

Malaysia's health ministry said on Wednesday three more people had been infected with the new coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in the country to seven, all Chinese citizens.

The new patients are a four-year-old girl, a 52-year-old man and the mother of two children who were confirmed infected earlier, the ministry said in a statement.
People around Asia have rushed to buy face masks as the virus spreads; in Hong Kong, people are being given free masks to protect themselves against the coronavirus [Jerome Favre/EPA]

Authorities said the mother had initially tested negative and had stayed in Malaysia to take care of her children - grandsons of a 66-year-old man who tested positive in Singapore for the coronavirus last week.

Malaysia this week imposed a temporary ban on Chinese nationals arriving from Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province.

Source: Al Jazeera