Malaysia has recorded another death, bringing the COVID-19 death toll in the country to nine to date.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (picture) said the patient was the Health Ministry’s medical doctor with a travel history to Turkey.
The case was suspected to be related to the history of travel abroad and not from frontliners nor working colleagues dealing with COVID-19 patients, he said.
The 48-year-old Malaysian was the 890th case.
“The patient was admitted to Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, Kangar on March 17 after having symptoms of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a posting on his official Facebook page today
He said the man was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 18 and was given respiratory aid a day later after his health deteriorated.
“The patient was pronounced dead at 10.33 am, March 22 (today),” he said.
The Health Ministry extended its condolences to his family members.
As of yesterday (Saturday), 1,183 cases were reported with 114 of them had recovered and eight fatalities.