Malaysia reports another COVID-19 fatality linked to religious gathering; death toll rises to 15

26-Mar-2020 Intellasia | CNA | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Malaysia on Tuesday (March 24) reported another death linked to COVID-19, bringing the national death toll to 15.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the country’s 15th fatality was a 71-year-old Malaysian man from Melaka.

The manknown as Case 1519was a close contact of another case who had attended a religious gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque.

The elderly man had a history of chronic illness and had received treatment at Hospital Pakar Sultanah in the town of Muar.

Malaysia on Tuesday reported 106 new coronavirus cases. This takes the national the total to 1,624the highest in Southeast Asia.

The health ministry said 43 of the new cases were linked to the mass religious gathering, which has already been connected to more than 60 per cent of the total infections in the country.

A total of 10 deaths, or 67 per cent of the fatalities, are linked to the religious gathering. The other five deaths have been linked to overseas travel.

The event, which took place from February 27 to March 1, was attended by 16,000 people. It has also led to infections in neighbouring countries including Brunei, Singapore and Cambodia.

A total of 64 patients are currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit, with 27 of them needing ventilation support, while another 24 patients have been discharged.

In total, 183 patients have recovered from COVID-19 so far, the ministry added.


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