Second Test Confirms Virus in Ship Passenger Cleared by Cambodia

A second test confirmed that an elderly American woman, who had traveled on a cruise ship allowed to dock in Cambodia, was accurately diagnosed with the coronavirus upon arriving in Kuala Lumpur on a flight from Phnom Penh, Malaysia’s deputy prime minister said Sunday.

The Cambodian government and the cruise ship’s operator asked Malaysian authorities to retest the 83-year-old U.S. citizen after Malaysia’s health ministry announced Saturday that the woman had initially tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).

“This is not the case of a false positive. I repeat, the result is still positive for the wife, negative for the husband,” Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said in a statement.

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