PUTRAJAYA, March 9 (Bernama) -- Eighteen new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported as at noon on Monday, bringing to 117 the total number of cases in the country, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.
He said one of the cases, Case 101, involved a man who had just returned from Iran.
“The man, along with his business partner, went to Iran from Feb 20 to 27, this year. He was identified as symptomatic on March 5 and confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 8.
“The man has been given treatment and admitted to the isolation ward of the Tuanku Jaafar Hospital Seremban in Negeri Sembilan,” he told a press conference on COVID-19 situation at the Ministry of Health here today.
Dr Noor Hisham said the close contacts for the 18 new cases were being identified for further investigation and sample-taking.