Malaysia records 20th Covid-19 death

Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling, at the centre of a huge spike in Covid-19 cases after a tabligh with an estimated 16,000 participants. More than half of all deaths so far have been linked to the event. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, March 25, 2020.

A 76-year-old man from Kuala Krai, Kelantan succumbed to the Covid-19 virus today, bringing the death toll to 20, said Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

The Health director-general said the man, the 780th case, attended the tabligh at Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month.

“He was treated at the Sultan Ismail Petra Hospital, Kuala Krai, Kelantan from March 18. He passed away at 4.35 pm,” said Dr Noor Hisham in a brief Facebook post.

More than half of all Covid-19 deaths so far have been linked to the tabligh cluster.

Earlier, Dr Noor Hisham told a media conference a total of 172 new cases were confirmed today, with the total testing positive for Covid-19 now at 1,796 cases.

Of the new infections, 71 were linked to the tabligh cluster.

As of today, 45 patients remain in intensive care units, with 34 requiring respiratory assistance. Sixteen patients were discharged today. – March 25, 2020.

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