The victims were a 34-year-old in Johor and a 60-year-old in Sarawak. <small> Cover image via Sarawak Baru China Daily News/Daily Beast </small>
Malaysia has just recorded its first two coronavirus-related deaths.
The first victim was a 34-year-old who attended the tabligh assembly in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
According to a tweet by the Ministry of Health, he developed symptoms on 5 March and was diagnosed on 12 March before being treated at Hospital Permai in Johor.
However, his condition deteriorated even though he was admitted into the intensive care unit (ICU). His passing was confirmed today, 17 March.
The second victim was a 60-year-old patient who also passed away today at 11am
The second victim, David Cheng, was a pastor at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kuching and was being treated at Sarawak General Hospital since he developed symptoms on 7 March, said the state's Disaster Management Committee in a press release today.
The Sarawak Health Department is still in the midst of identifying the source of his infection.
193 close contacts of the deceased have been traced and are undergoing home quarantine.
It was previously shared on Facebook that the church’s Sunday services have been cancelled as he was diagnosed positive to safeguard all churchgoers.
“Anyone who came into contact with him the last few weeks please quarantine yourself for at least 14 days,” said the announcement that was circulated by Kuching Calvary Family Church pastor Patricia Wong.
A source close to the victim told SAYS that his wife and daughter have also been tested positive for COVID-19.
Read the Ministry of Health’s updates about the two cases below:
<blockquote><p dir="ltr" lang="in">pada 12 Mac selepas positif COVID-19. Keadaan beliau merosot dan dimasukkan ke ICU. Beliau disah meninggal dunia hari ini. 2. Kes ke-358 lelaki warga tempatan 60thn mempunyai sejarah kronik. Mula bergejala pada 7 Mac dan dirawat Hosp. Umum Sarawak pd 14 Mac.</p>— KKMPutrajaya (@KKMPutrajaya) March 17, 2020</blockquote>
This is a developing story. More updates to come.
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