Tawau man is Malaysia’s 3rd Covid-19 fatality

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By Chew Lip Song

A MAN from Tawau, Sabah, 58, is the country’s third fatality from the Covid-19 epidemic. He had also attended the tabligh event in the Seri Petaling mosque.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man died at 6.27pm in Tawau Hospital today.

“He was admitted to the Tawau Hospital on March 9 after showing symptoms of severe acute respiratory infection. He was put on a ventilator and admitted to the intensive care unit the same day.

“His health deteriorated by the day and he passed away on March 20 at 6.27pm,” Dr Noor Hisham posted on Facebook.

Meanwhile, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah today urged the public to abide by the movement control order imposed by the government, while expressing confidence that Malaysians will overcome the current crisis.

“We will get through this together, as Malaysians, as one country. This is the time for us to be strong and persevere. Insyallah, we shall prevail,” the King said, The Malaysian Insight reported.

In a short televised address, the king repeated the call to the people to not leave home if there are no pressing matters.

“Don’t balik kampung unless it is an emergency. The movement control order was imposed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of every Malaysian as we are now facing a serious threat, which is the Covid-19 outbreak.

“There is sufficient supply of all essential items throughout this two-week quarantine so there is no need for panic buying.”

The King called on Malaysians to “act responsibly” and not spread fake news that could cause panic.

“Please observe personal hygiene, wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitisers and face masks. Stay safe and practise social distancing.”

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