Myanmar saw its sixth death from coronavirus on Wednesday, while confirmed COVID-19 cases rose to 150, with 16 recoveries.
A 63-year-old man from Botahtaung Township, Yangon, was found with coronavirus on April 19 as the 110th case after he had close contact with some who were infected at a religious gathering at a church in Yangon’s Mayangone Township. He became the second death related to the gathering.
The man was treated at Yangon’s South Okkalapa Hospital from April 20.
He had hypertension and diabetes and was transferred to
intensive care two days later and died on Wednesday morning, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports.
It said the man died of respiratory tract damage due to severe pneumonia, a bacteria infection to the respiratory tract and kidney damage.
The victim had close contact with a 41-year-old COVID-19 patient (case number 50), who tested positive on April 14 following contact with two previously confirmed patients, a 32-year-old man and 56-year-old woman, who were infected at a religious gathering in Yangon.
The victim’s 18-year-old son (case 125) tested positive on April 23 but his wife and relatives tested negative.
They were held in quarantine before being tested and the man died due to existing illnesses, said U Thet Tun Win, the Botahtaung Township lawmaker in the Yangon parliament. Four township residents have now tested positive for COVID-19.
Yangon has the most coronavirus cases with more than 100 patients at Waibargi Infectious Diseases Hospital and South Okkalapa Specialist Hospital.
Last week, the health ministry said more than half of Yangon’s transmission is from the religious gathering in the city.
But as of Wednesday, nearly 90 of the COVID-19 cases are related to the gathering.
Myanmar reported its first COVID-19 death on March 31. The 69-year-old man had been undergoing stage-four cancer treatment and died with multiple ailments, including coronavirus.
Two more COVID-19 patients died on April 8, a 47-year-old man who had been treated at Pyay General Hospital in Bago Region and a 63-year-old woman who had diabetes as an underlying illness.
On April 12, an 85-year-old COVID-19 patient with underlying hypertension, diabetes and heart disease died while in isolation at Yangon General Hospital.
On April 18, a 78-year-old man with hypertension and diabetes died of COVID-19 after contact with a member of the religious gathering.
Myanmar has tested over 7,200 people as of Tuesday and put nearly 48,000 people in hospital and quarantine.
COVID-19 patients age from 18 months to 87.
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