16th Covid-19 death in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR, 25 March 2020:

Malaysia has recorded another Covid-19-related fatality, bringing the death toll in the country to 16.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in his official Facebook page last night said the 75-year-old Malaysian man with a history of chronic illness was the 1,334th Covid-19 confirmed case.

He said the senior citizen had shown symptoms five days before being admitted to Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital on March 16 and was transferred to Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) on March 18.

“The patient’s health deteriorated and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit to receive respiratory aid.

“He was confirmed positive for Covid-19 on March 21 and was pronounced dead at 7.40pm Tuesday. The source of his Covid-19 infection is still under investigation.”

Meanwhile, Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd (KTMB) has urged all passengers who had boarded the No 9173 Electric Train Service (ETS) coach, to go to the nearest hospitals for health screening if they have symptoms of Covid-19.

Chief executive officer Datuk Kamarulzaman Zainal said this was because one of the passengers who taken the train to Kl Sentral from the Butterworth Station on March 7 had been tested positive for the virus.

“The 70-year-old man who was also the 11th Covid-19 fatality, succumbed to the virus infection while receiving treatment at Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz-Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia here on Sunday,” he said in a statement.

Kamarulzaman said following that, KTMB had immediately suspended the service to conduct cleaning and disinfecting exercise on the affected coach train as well as all ETS coach trains for the safety of passengers and its staff.

“All KTMB staff who boarded the train and those at the affected stations have also been instructed to undergo health screenings.”

Further information can be obtained through the KTMB social media sites, such as KTM Berhad (Facebook), @ktm_berhad (Twitter) and @ktmbofficial (Instagram) or or visit its official website, www.ktmb.com.my or contact its call centre at 03-22671200.

– Bernama