One of the two Cambodians who were tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to Cambodia from Malaysia on 26 June was a former patient in Malaysia and had been successfully treated and discharged from a Malaysian hospital before flying to Cambodia.
The Malaysian Health ministry is also looking to track the whereabouts of the second Cambodian who was a student in a religious school in Malaysia for contact tracing.
Malaysian director general of Health, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah was quoted by Malaysian media as saying that the individual, a Cambodian, was Malaysia’s “patient 1,051” who had been admitted for Covid-19 in the past and discharged.
“The individual is an old case in Malaysia and although he had been tested positive (in Cambodia), it could be due to virus shedding, and as such it is not a major concern.
He added that the said patient had been discharged but the virus could still be detected through a RT-PCR (reverse transmission-polymerase chain reaction) test, but the virus is weak and not active.
“We will inform the Cambodian authorities that this is not a new case, but an old one that has been discharged, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here on Monday (June 29), the director general was quoted by Malaysian media.
On the second case of the student, the Malaysian health ministry expected to coordinate with the Cambodian health ministry and the airlines to identify those who were seated two rows in front and two rows behind the patients so that they can be tested, the director general was quoted as saying.