KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 (Bernama) — Malaysia recorded its first two deaths from COVID-19 today, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said. 

“The 178th case is a Malaysian, aged 34, who attended the tabligh religious gathering at Masjid Jamek in Sri Petaling recently. He began showing symptoms on March 5 and received treatment at Permai Hospital in Johor Bahru on March 12 after he tested positive for COVID-19. 

“His condition deteriorated and he was then placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU),” he said at the daily media conference on COVID-19 at the Ministry of Health (MOH) in Putrajaya today. 

Dr Adham said the second fatality, Case 358, is a 60-year-old man with a history of chronic ailments. He began having symptoms such as fever, cough and breathing difficulties on March 7, and received treatment at the Sarawak General Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. 

“His condition worsened and he was then placed in ICU and was confirmed to have died today. 


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