Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the man died at Tawau Hospital at 6.27pm yesterday.
He was warded on March 9 for severe acute respiratory infection and was placed in intensive care.
The patient, who was the country’s 152nd confirmed case, was among those who returned from a tabligh gathering at the Masjid Jamek in Sri Petaling recently.
A total of 130 new cases were recorded in the country yesterday, raising the national tally to 1,030 as at noon yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said 12 patients were discharged yesterday, bringing the total recoveries to 87 cases.
“A total of 26 positive Covid-19 patients are being treated in the intensive care unit and need ventilators,” he said in a statement.
Dr Noor Hisham said based on preliminary investigations, 48 of the 130 new cases were linked to the tabligh gathering.
The majority of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country have been from the tabligh cluster.
Dr Noor Hisham said that 12 ministry healthcare workers and three from the private healthcare sector had been infected by Covid-19. “One of the 12 workers is in ICU on ventilator support. Please help us to help you. Stay at home,” he told the public.
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