Malaysia reports five COVID-19 deaths, bringing death toll to eight

KUALA LUMPUR (CNA) – Malaysia reported a total of five deaths related to COVID-19 yesterday, bringing the national death toll to eight.

The latest fatalities reported yesterday were a 69-year-old Malaysian man linked to the cluster involving a mass religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur, and a 57-year-old Malaysian man who had been in close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case who had attended the religious gathering, and also had travel history to Vietnam.

The 69-year-old man was admitted to Kelantan’s Tumpat Hospital on March 16 after having suffered a fever since March 12. He was transferred to Hospital Raja Perempuan Zainab II on March 18, where his condition deteriorated and he needed breathing support. He died at 4pm yesterday, said the Malaysian health ministry.

The 57-year-old was admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur on March 18 and died yesterday.

Earlier yesterday, Malaysia announced the deaths of a 79-year-old mother and her daughter, who were both from Kuching.

The mother died at a private medical centre at 2am on March 18, while the daughter died at the Sarawak General Hospital at 1pm yesterday.

A taxi service counter remains open at the near-deserted Penang International Airport in Malaysia. PHOTO: AFP