Death of patient in Penang hospital not due to Covid-19, says ministry

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KUALA LUMPUR: The death of a patient at a hospital in Penang is not due to Covid-19 infection, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.

He said results of the clinical samples taken from the patient for Covid-19 testing and laboratory tests confirmed the patient was negative for the virus.

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“The patient had no travel history to China or had close contact with any patient who tested positive for Covid-19. The patient received treatment at a hospital in Penang due to cough and swelling on both feet on Feb 10.

“The person also had other chronic health issues and was treated in the Intensive Care Unit after the condition worsened,” he said, adding that the patient died on Wednesday due to septic shock with multi-organ failure complicated by cardiogenic shock.

In a posting on its Facebook page yesterday, the ministry also denied claims that there was a case of Covid-19 infection at the Selayang Hospital.

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A 25-second video clip claiming that the virus had infected a person at the hospital had made its round on social media.

“It is a fake video recording. Stop spreading fake news, be matured and responsible social media users,” it said.

In the video, several individuals wearing white suits and face masks were seen standing in front of the hospital’s emergency unit. -FMT

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