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New Infections in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore
In Hong Kong, the Centre for Health Protection issued a statement at 8 p.m. local time on Feb. 13, announcing three additional confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.
All three new patients have no recent travel history outside of Hong Kong.
One case involves a 43-year-old man, a resident in Tuen Mun, who is the relative of another infected patient.
The second case involves a 67-year-old woman, who is the younger sister-in-law of a 75-year-old patient who already tested positive for the virus.
The third case is a 37-year-old man who developed a fever on Feb. 8 and consulted a private doctor the following day. The statement does not specify whether the man had come in contact with any infected patients.
In Malaysia, a 39-year-old tourist from Wuhan became the latest patient to be infected with the virus, local newspaper The Star reported, citing the local health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah.
“The woman arrived in Malaysia from China on Jan. 25 with four other women,” the health official said. Her mother and a friend, also Chinese nationals, tested positive for the virus in early February.
Singapore’s Ministry of Health announced eight new cases on Thursday. None of them have recently traveled to China.
Two of the new cases involve Bangladesh nationals, aged 30 and 37, with a Singapore work pass.
Five new patients, two aged 54 and others aged 26, 48, and 55, are connected to a local church.
The eighth case involves a 30-year-old Singaporean man, who tested positive on Feb. 13. The man is a relative of a previously infected patient who had no recent travel history to China.
With these new cases, Hong Kong has 53 known cases of the virus, Malaysia 19, and Singapore 58.
Frank Fang contributed to this report.
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