CORONAVIRUS | The Health Ministry today refuted a news report that a Malaysian man had died from coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) in a hospital in Penang yesterday.
In a statement issued this evening, the ministry said the deceased had tested negative for the virus.
It was responding to a China Press report which linked the death of a 37-year-old school canteen staff to Covid-19.
"The deceased received treatment in a hospital in Penang due to cough and swollen legs on Feb 10. He has no travel history to China nor close contact with other patients that tested positive for Covid-19.
"The deceased suffered from other chronic health issues and was seeking follow-up treatment.
"He was warded in the Incentive Care Unit (ICU) after his health condition deteriorated. On Feb 12, he died from septic shock with multiorgan failure complicated with cardiogenic shock.
"The clinical specimens were collected for the Covid-19 test as he was sent to the ICU with the clinical finding of pneumonia," the statement read.
According to the report, the deceased was admitted to the hospital due to flu days ago and passed away yesterday.
The China Press quoted the deceased's mother as saying her son, who suffered asthma and heart problems, died from a heart attack.
The Chinese daily speculated that this would be the first death due to the Covid-19 in Penang as 19 tested positive for the virus as of yesterday.