A Health Ministry frontliner who dealt with COVID-19 cases died on Monday.

According to a recent post in the Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah - SPJ Malaysia (SPJM) Facebook group, the deceased is Dr Ali Noor Hassan, who has been involved in the charity organisation's activities since 2018.

"This is the last photograph of Dr Ali taken by one of his colleague, before he fell sick due to exhaustion and lack of rest, working on the frontlines to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

"He fell asleep at duty and never woke up," claimed the group in a Facebook post yesterday, in which it attached a picture of what it said was Dr Ali asleep on a desk, clad in complete PPE (personal protective equipment).

KEMATIAN AHLI SPJM PETUGAS FRONTLINER ?⚰️? انا لله وانا اليه راجعون Kami baru menerima khabar kematian Almarhum Dr Ali...

Posted by Skuad Pengurusan Jenazah - SPJ Malaysia on Tuesday, 19 January 2021

The Malay Mail contacted Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who confirmed Dr Ali's death.

However, according to Dr Noor Hisham, the deceased died due to a brain aneurysm, which he had suffered from the last few months, and not due to fatigue, or COVID-19.

The Health Ministry has previously said that the country's health system is at "breaking point", due to the high load of COVID-19 cases.

Malaysia's daily COVID-19 cases have remained above the 3,000 mark since Jan 14. Yesterday, 3,631 new cases and 14 deaths were recorded, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 165,371 and 615 deaths, respectively.

The global infection and death tally from the coronavirus has surpassed 96.5 million and two million, respectively.

Source: Malay Mail, SPJM Facebook
Photo source: SPJM Facebook