By ILONA ANDREW
TAWAU: The first Covid-19 patient in Sabah, a 58-year-old man from Tawau succumbed to the virus at 6.27pm today, making him the first Covid-19 fatality in the state.
Mohammad Bartuk, was a participant of the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque.
The news of his passing was officially announced by Director-General of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah on a Facebook post that was shared almost 10,000 times.
The late Mohammad was admitted to the Tawau Hospital for further medical treatment on March 9 after he experienced symptoms of severe acute respiratory infection.
He was then warded in the intensive care unit (ICU) on ventilatory support that same day and since then, his health deteriorated.
Malaysia now records three Covid-19 deaths, after the first two on March 17 – a 34-year-old man in Johor who was also a tabligh participant, and a 60-year-old pastor in Sarawak.
As of March 20, seven new positive cases have been recorded in Sabah, bringing the total to 119.
There are 130 new cases across the country today, including 48 who attended the tabligh gathering.
The total number of Covid-19 infections in Malaysia now stands at 1,030, including 87 that have recovered.
There are 941 patients still being treated in the hospitals, with 26 currently in the ICU on ventilatory support.