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Jakarta Post

Third Indonesian dies from COVID-19 abroad

  • Apriza Pinandita
    Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 2, 2020   /   02:11 pm
Third Indonesian dies from COVID-19 abroad People wearing face masks as they cross a street near commercial buildings in Kuala Lumpur on March 16, 2020. (AFP/Syaiful REDZUAN )

Malaysian health authorities have reported the death of an Indonesian national as a result of COVID-19 in Malaysia on Tuesday.

According to the Malaysian Health Ministry, the deceased patient was a 40-year-old man identified as Case 1,275 in the country’s record of COVID-19 patients. It was also the 41st death in Malaysia.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry said the patient had been undergoing treatment at Sarawak General Hospital since March 20 prior to his death on Tuesday.

The Indonesian Consulate General in Kuching told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that the patient was a professor at the University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS). “It’s not an imported case as he works here [in Kuching].”

Unlike many other COVID-19-related deaths, which are cases of comorbidity, the consulate general claimed the man died only from the coronavirus disease.

His death marks the third among Indonesians abroad.

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The Singaporean Health Ministry reported last month the country’s first deaths from COVID-19, including an Indonesian national identified as Case 212.

The patient, a 64-year-old Indonesian man, had been admitted in critical condition to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) intensive care unit on March 13, after arriving from Indonesia on the same day. He tested positive for COVID-19 the next day.

The second COVID-19 death of an Indonesian abroad was announced Monday by the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.

“A female Indonesian citizen has died in the UK,” ministry spokesperson Teuku Faizasyah said without going into detail on the case.

As of Wednesday, at least 138 Indonesian citizens in 20 foreign territories have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Foreign Ministry.