Virus Claims Eighth Casualty

KOTA KINABALU: An elderly Filipino man who died here was later found positive for Covid-19.

Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the 64-year-old man had a history of heart disease.

The man had symptoms such as fever, coughing and breathing difficulties on July 25 but had not sought medical treatment for his condition.

“On July 29, after he was found unconscious, he was brought to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and was declared dead and found positive for Covid-19 when tests were conducted,” he said, in a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

This is also the 125th death due to Covid-19 countrywide and the eighth in the State.

Caretaker Health and People’s Well-being Minister, Datuk Frankie Poon said the latest death, which was recorded in Penampang near here, meant there was an increase of one infection in the state compared to yesterday, making the cumulative cases now 398.

He said there are 15 active cases still being treated at hospitals statewide, consisting of four each in the state capital and in Penampang, Tawau two and one each in Lahad Datu, Tuaran, Sandakan, Kota Belud and Papar.

The recoveries remained at 375 cases with no new recoveries reported today.

Throughout the country, 12 new cases were detected, bringing the total number of infections to 8,976 cases. The new cases involved five local transmissions and seven imported infections.

Active cases in Malaysia now tally to 207, with 27 new recoveries reported today.