One-year-old girl youngest COVID-19 fatality in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – A one-year-old girl, who is among the four fatalities reported yesterday, is the youngest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, said Malaysian Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

He said the infant was taken to the Emergency and Trauma Department of the Semporna Hospital in Sabah for treatment on October 1.

“Her condition deteriorated and she needed ventilator support. She was tested and found to be COVID-19 positive on October 5.

“She was confirmed dead on the same day at 4.25pm,” he told a press conference held online via the official Ministry of Health (MoH) Facebook page.

This is the first time that Dr Noor Hisham, who is undergoing self-quarantine, has held a virtual press conference from his home to announce the latest development on COVID-19 in the country.

A woman watches the live telecast of Malaysian Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah’s press conference, at a mall in Kuala Lumpur. PHOTO: BERNAMA

He said all the positive cases from the Tembok Cluster were isolated under the administrative Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) areas and, as such, the risk of infection was very low and under control.

With four more fatalities recorded today, including that of a one-year-old girl, he said the death toll in Malaysia was now 141.

There were also 87 recoveries and 31 patients currently undergoing treatment in the intensive care unit, with eight needing ventilator support.

Of yesterday’s 691 total, 688 were local transmissions involving 661 Malaysians and 27 foreigners while the three imported cases comprised a Malaysian returning from India and two foreigners returning from Egypt and the Philippines, he said.

As for the local transmissions, Sabah had 219 cases; Kedah (397 cases, including the Tembok Cluster); Selangor (38); Perak (eight); Negeri Sembilan (seven); Johor (six); Kuala Lumpur (four); Sarawak and Penang (three each); and Terengganu, Labuan and Putrajaya (one each).