Malaysian cases: Some test results still pending

Izah Azahari

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar yesterday gave an update on the COVID-19 cases involving Malaysians who returned from Brunei Darussalam.

Laboratory tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus for 134 of their contacts, including secondary contacts, came back negative, while others are still awaiting test results.

“A small portion of the contacts has yet to be reached or given swab tests, which hopefully will be done within the next day or two. If they are all tested negative for COVID-19, the source of the infection will remain unknown,” said the minister during the daily press conference at the Ministry of Health (MoH). “It could most likely have come from here, or from when they were abroad.”

Reiterating his statement from a previous press conference, the minister said, “Brunei Darussalam only closed its borders in March. There were people who travelled in and out of the country prior to that, which may have led to a limited community spread here.”