Doctor becomes Malaysia’s 9th Covid-19 death

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KUCHING, March 22: A 48-year-old doctor attached with the Health Ministry has become the latest casualty of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.

According to Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the doctor has a record of travel to Turkey.

The patient was admitted to Tuanku Fauziah Hospital in Kangar, Perlis, on March 17, after experiencing severe acute respiratory syndrome infection.

“According to information from the Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC), the doctor was tested positive for Covid-19 on March 18 and was on respiratory aid on March 19 when his health condition worsened.

“The doctor passed away today at 10.33am,” he said in a statement.

Dr Noor Hisham believed that the medical doctor had contacted Covid-19 from his overseas trip rather than from close contacts or staff from the Ministry of Health.

With the latest case of casualty, the record of death due to Covid-19 in Malaysia stood at nine person, he added. — DayakDaily