MoH Malaysia : No COVID-19 Death In Penang Hospital!

The Malaysian Ministry of Health just refuted rumours that a patient died of COVID-19 in the Penang Hospital. Here are the facts!


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First of all, let us clarify that COVID-19 (short for Coronavirus Disease 19) is the new official name for 2019-nCoV, which is informally known as the Wuhan coronavirus.

The virus itself is now called SARS-CoV-2, in recognition of how closely it resembles the SARS virus.

We will, henceforth, be using COVID-19 in reference to the disease, and SARS-CoV-2 is reference to the virus.

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False Claim : A Patient Died Of COVID-19 In Penang Hospital!

Rumours have been circulating that a patient died of COVID-19 in the Penang Hospital.

This was likely due to a China Press report on 13 February 2020 that was titled (paraphrased), “First Case? A Patient Died Of COVID-19 In Penang“.

MoH Malaysia : No COVID-9 Death In Penang Hospital!

Here is a summary of the facts about this patient :

  • On 10 February 2020, the patient was admitted to the hospital for a cough and swollen legs.
  • He did NOT have any history of travel to China, or close contact with any known COVID-19 patients.
  • He was warded and then transferred to the ICU when his condition deteriorated.
  • He died on 12 February 2020 from “septic shock with multi-organ failure complicated with cardiogenic shock
  • A COVID-19 test was conducted on his clinical samples, and came back NEGATIVE on 13 February 2020.

Therefore, those rumours are untrue. No one died of COVID-19 in Penang.


MoH Malaysia : No COVID-19 Death In Penang Hospital

The Director General of Health, Malaysia Ministry of Health, Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, issued this statement about these rumours.

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Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia (KKM) mengambil maklum bahawa terdapat satu laporan akhbar China Press bertarikh 13 Februari 2020 dengan tajuk “Kes pertama ? Jangkitan selesema dimasukkan ke hospital dan meninggal dunia akibat jangkitan COVID-19 berlaku di Pulau Pinang”. Akibat dari itu, banyak khabar angin yang mengatakan bahawa kematian tersebut disebabkan jangkitan COVID-19.

Untuk makluman, pesakit berkenaan telah mendapatkan rawatan di sebuah hospital di Pulau Pinang disebabkan oleh batuk dan bengkak di kedua-dua belah kaki beliau pada 10 Februari 2020. Beliau tidak mempunyai sejarah pergerakan ke negara China atau mempunyai kontak rapat dengan pesakit yang disahkan COVID-19. Selain itu, pesakit ini juga mempunyai masalah kesihatan kronik yang lain dan masih dalam rawatan susulan. Beliau kemudiannya telah dimasukkan ke wad, dan seterusnya ke Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) disebabkan kesihatan beliau yang semakin merosot. Pada 12 Februari 2020, pesakit telah meninggal dunia disebabkan oleh “Septic shock with multiorgan failure complicated with cardiogenic shock”.

Sampel klinikal telah diambil untuk ujian saringan jangkitan COVID-19. Ini adalah kerana, pesakit dimasukkan ke ICU dan mempunyai dapatan klinikal penyakit radang paru-paru (pneumonia). Sampel klinikal pesakit telah dihantar ke Institut Penyelidikan Perubatan (IMR) untuk ujian pengesanan dan pengesahan bagi COVID-19. Pada 13 Februari 2020. keputusan ujian makmal mengesahkan pesakit adalah NEGATIF kepada jangkitan COVID-19.

And here is our English translation :

The Ministry of Health Malaysia was advised that there was a China Press report dated 13 February 2020 with the title “First Case? Flu infection admitted to hospital and died due to COVID-19 infection in Penang”. As a result, many rumours were spread claiming that the death was caused by COVID-19.

FYI, the patient was treated at a hospital in Penang for a cough and swelling of both legs on 10 February 2020. He did not have any history of travel of China, or any close contact with confirmed COVID-19 patients. In addition, this patient has other chronic health problems for which he was receiving follow-up treatments.

He was admitted to the ward, and then transferred to the ICU when his health declined. On 12 February 2020, the patient passed away due to “septic shock with multi-organ failure complicated with cariogenic shock”.

Clinical samples were taken from this patient for the COVID-19 screening test, because he was in the ICU with clinical signs of pneumonia. Those samples were sent to the Institute of Medical Research (IMR) to be tested for COVID-19.

On 13 February 2020, the lab results confirmed that the patient was NEGATIVE for COVID-19 infection.

So there you have it – the patient did not die of COVID-19.


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