Malaysia’s 17th Covid-19 fatality is 66-year-old man in Johor

Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah

KUCHING, March 24: Malaysia recorded another Covid-19 death in Johor today (March 25), bringing the total of fatalities nationwide to 17.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah disclosed in a post on his Facebook page today that the 17th death — case 1,251 — was a 66-year-old Malaysian citizen who had a history of chronic disease.

“He started showing symptoms a week before being admitted to Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar (Johor) on March 20.

“His condition was critical when he arrived at the Emergency Department and needed respiratory support that same day.

“His health deteriorated day by day and he passed away on March 25 at 4.10am. The cause of his Covid-19 infection is still under investigation,” he added.

Yesterday, Covid-19 claimed two lives in Malaysia after a 71-year-old man from Melaka (case 1,519) and a 75-year-old man (case 1,334), both with history of chronic disease, passed away at Johor’s Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital at 5.35am and Kuala Lumpur Hospital at 7.40pm respectively.

Meanwhile, the country registered 106 new confirmed Covid-19 cases yesterday, bringing the national total to 1,624 cases.

Of the number of new cases, 43 were linked to the cluster at the tabligh assembly at Sri Petaling mosque while 63 cases were linked to other clusters and are still under investigation.

A total of 64 cases were being treated in the ICU, with 27 requiring ventilators to aid with breathing. — DayakDaily