Elderly Thai man dies after infected at Malaysian mosque meetup

A large outbreak occurred in March at the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Marcin Konsek
A large outbreak occurred in March at the Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling in Kuala Lumpur. Photo: Marcin Konsek

An 80-year-old man who attended a religious gathering in Malaysia died on Monday of COVID-19 in Narathiwat province, according to the provincial officials.

The man would be the 58th victim of COVID-19 deaths in Thailand. He died at Narathiwat Rajanakarin Hospital, three months after returning from a Muslim gathering in Malaysia where many contracted the coronavirus.

He had been the 38th case detected in the country. 

Four family members who had been in contact with him were admitted to a hospital after they were found to have been infected of COVID-19. Three of the four are still undergoing treatment.

He’s the second Narathiwat resident to die of COVID-19. Another man from the same province became the fifth pandemic fatality in late March after attending the same Islamic missionary gathering. 

More than 130 people, most residents of the southernmost provinces, were diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning home from the event attended by nearly 15,000 Muslim missionaries in Selangor, Malaysia.

Few new cases of local transmission have been detected in recent weeks, with Thais returning from abroad accounting for most. Thailand on Monday reported one new case in a woman quarantined upon her return from Russia, bringing the total known infections to 3,082 since the outbreak began. The death toll is now 57.

Related:

Thai Muslim who attended KL mosque event is 5th COVID-19 death

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