One more Covid-19 patient dies; death toll now 16

KUCHING, March 24: A 75-year-old man became Malaysia’s 16th Covid-19 fatality on Tuesday night (March 24).

The patient, who was case 1,334, and a Malaysian citizen, died at Kuala Lumpur Hospital at 7.40pm.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah informed that the caused of Covid-19 infection was still under investigation.

The patient, who had history of chronic disease, was tested positive for Covid-19 on March 21.

“He was admitted to Tuanku Mizan Armed Force Hospital on March 16 and later transferred to Kuala Lumpur Hospital on March 18,” he said in a post on his Facebook page last night.

“His condition deteriorated and was warded in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was given respiratory support,” he added.

Earlier yesterday, Malaysia registered its 15th Covid-19 death when a 71-year-old man from Melaka died early in the morning.

The man — who was Malaysia’s Case 1,519 — was suspected to have been in close contact with patient known as Case 703 and had history of chronic illness as well.

Meanwhile, the country also registered 106 new confirmed Covid-19 cases yesterday (March 24), bringing the national figure of cases to 1,624.

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

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