With one new case announced yesterday, Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar said the 28-day review to ease COVID-19 restrictions was reset to start again.
The minister also noted the interesting aspect of Case 137, where she is related to the Case 73 cluster as they live under one roof along with a number of other family members and the period of infection among them is staggered.
“She was swabbed earlier when her husband was found to be infected. It was negative at the time. Until today, she did not display any symptoms,” he told a press conference at the Al-‘Afiah Hall of the Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday.
“Her father was among one of the recovered patients who had gone past the 11-day mark after discharge. She was detected as those who have gone past 11 days were re-swabbed including the family members as part of the surveillance the ministry is carrying out,” Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said.
“Although it is just mildly positive, there’s a big possibility she was infected earlier and when we did the initial swab it was still in its early stages,” added the minister. “This means she may have had the virus all along, but without displaying symptoms.”
He said as her husband is case 109, she has already passed the 14-day quarantine for 10 days.
The minister said she had only gone out twice during the 10 days after quarantine and the ministry has carried out contact tracing for the two outings at the moment.