A four-year-old girl from China, admitted at the Sultanah Maliha Hospital in Langkawi, Malaysia after being infected by novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), has recovered and allowed to return home, a Health Ministry official said today.
She is the first of 10 patients in the country – nine of them Chinese nationals – to have been cured from the infection, New Strait Times of Malaysia reported.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the girl, who was treated at an isolation ward since Jan 29, has been discharged from the hospital.
“The results of the 2019-nCoV detection test conducted twice on the patient turned out negative (of the novel coronavirus).
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“She is now in good health and allowed to leave (discharged from the hospital).
“This showed that the 2019-nCoV infection is treatable and that patient can fully recover, similar to many other cases that have been reported in China.
“Perception among the public that the 2019-nCoV is fatal (could not be treated) after one has been infected by the virus is certainly wrong,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a statement today.
Chinese health authorities had announced Monday that a total of 475 patients had been discharged from hospitals after recovery by Sunday.