A 69-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 has died.
The patient died at 7:25 am, March 31, at Wai Bar Gyi Hospital in Yangon, according to the Medical Service Department, the Ministry of Health and Sports (MOHS).
A spokeperson of the Ministry say the cause of death of the patient will be released later.
The patient was the fifth to test positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar.
He had gone to Australia a month ago to seek treatment for nasal cancer. He stayed in Singapore for about four days on the way home and arrived in Yangon on March 14.
On March 18, he developed fever, cough, and sore throat. The patient sought confinement at Yangon General Hospital on March 25 and was quarantined at its intensive care unit.
MOHS announced the patient was infected with COVID-19 on March 27 and transferred to Wai Bar Gyi Hospital.
The man’s son, who is 45, has been quarantined at Wai Bar Gyi. They lived in Mingalar Taung Nyunt township.
Two people from the township, including the 69-year-old, have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
Officials of Yangon regional government have placed 17 other family members of the two who are infected under mandatory home quarantine.
So far, 14 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Myanmar.