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Malaysia reports third COVID-19 death, patient had attended religious gathering

Malaysia reports third COVID-19 death, patient had attended religious gathering

A Muslim wearing a protective mask rests at National Mosque, after all mosques in the country suspended Friday prayers during the movement control order due to the spread of COVID-19, in Kuala Lumpur, Mar 20, 2020. (Photo: Reuters/Lim Huey Teng)

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia reported its third fatality related to COVID-19 on Friday (Mar 20).

Case 152, a 58-year-old Malaysian man, had previously attended a religious gathering at Sri Petaling mosque. 

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Health director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man was admitted to Hospital Tawau on Mar 9 with respiratory infection symptoms. 

He was given ventilator support and was warded in the intensive care unit. 

His condition then deteriorated and he died on Friday at around 6.30pm. 

This is the second coronavirus fatality related to the religious event at the Sri Petaling mosque. 

Another participant, a 34-year-old man, developed a fever shortly after attending the gathering. He was diagnosed with COVID-19 at Permai Hospital in Johor before his condition worsened. 

The man, who had no underlying chronic medical conditions, was pronounced dead at Johor's Hospital Sultanah Aminah on Mar 10. 

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The first COVID-19 death in Malaysia, a 60-year-old pastor from Sarawak's Emmanuel Baptist Church, also died on Mar 10. 

Malaysia on Friday reported 130 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally to 1,030.

Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that 48 of the new cases were related to the mass religious gathering which took place at the Sri Petaling mosque from Feb 27 to Mar 1. 

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Source: CNA/zl(hm)


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