3 Year Old Boy Is The First Tourist In Langkawi with Covid-19

Source: The Star
  • Contact tracing has discovered that three locals from the resort island in Langkawi were close contacts of the 3-year-old boy, besides his parents, bringing the total number of close contacts to 5 people.
  • The 3-year-old boy began developing a fever on 25th September 2021 and was confirmed to test positive for Covid-19 after being sent to receive treatment on September 26th, 2021.

3 Year Old Boy Is The First Tourist In Langkawi with Covid-19

The first batch of Langkawi tourists arrived on 16th September 2021, under the government’s newly imposed tourism health bubble. This was planned to be the pilot project of Malaysia’s plan to slowly reopen the country for tourism. Kedah State Health Department confirmed today, 30th September 2021, that a 3-year-old boy is the first tourist to Langkawi to contract Covid-19 under the tourism bubble. 

Investigations by the Langkawi District Health Office discovered that the family of three, two parents and their 3-year-old son, traveled via a flight from Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2), departing from Nilai, Negeri Sembilan to Langkawi on September 24th 2021 at 7.30pm, says Dr. Othman Warijo, Kedah Health Director.

The following day, on September 25th 2021, the boy began developing a fever and was confirmed to test positive for Covid-19 after being sent to receive treatment on September 26th 2021, Dr. Warijo added.

In a statement delivered today, Dr Warijo stated that “as of today, only one positive case has been reported involving tourists to Langkawi and there are no infections among the family members and locals. The patient has mild symptoms and has been placed under the Langkawi District CAC (COVID-19 Assessment Centre) observation while the close contacts have shown no symptoms and all have been fully vaccinated.” 

Based on the preliminary investigations, contact tracing has discovered that three locals from the resort island in Langkawi were close contacts of the 3-year-old boy, besides his parents, bringing the total number of close contacts to 5 people.

Source: The Straits Times

“All five close contacts have undergone swab tests and been ordered to undergo quarantine for 10 days. The results of all the swab tests came back negative”, the State Health Minister confirmed in his statement.

Dr. Warijo added that based on the date of the child first developing symptoms, the child may have been infected prior to traveling to Langkawi. Ongoing investigations are underway as part of the contact tracing.

The State Health Minister confirmed that the family of 3 had undergone RTK-ANTIGEN saliva testing prior to departure from KLIA2, with results from their covid-19 swab test being confirmed negative at the time. Dr. Warijo also clarified that the boy did not display any symptoms prior to, or during, his journey to Langkawi.

This news comes after government announcements to reopen more of the country’s sectors, in a bid to learn to live with Covid-19 as endemic. Malaysia’s vaccination rates currently stand at over 60% of the adult population is fully vaccinated, and over 71.5% having at least one dose.

This article first appeared in Bernama. This is an adaptation for Healtiyer Newsreaders.

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