KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 28 — The Health Ministry recorded the age of a foreign man who died in Sabah today of Covid-19 at 130.
This, of course, would make him the oldest person who has ever lived as a check with the Guinness World of Records shows the oldest person who has ever lived was Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at the age of 122 years and 165 days in 1997.
4 kes kematian termasuk 2 bukan warganegara dilaporkan hari ini di Sabah.— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) November 28, 2020
Jumlah kes kematian kini meningkat kepada 354.
KKM mengucapkan takziah kepada ahli keluarga mereka. pic.twitter.com/jur6mA2jIP
The foreigner who died in Sabah was the 35,037th person who contracted the coronavirus and the 352nd death recorded in Malaysia.
The ministry stated that the 130-year-old foreigner was among four Covid-19 fatalities recorded today. The others are an 84-year-old Malaysian man and two other foreigners aged four and 60 respectively.
In response to a query from Malay Mail’s Assistant News Editor Zurairi A.R. via its official Twitter account, the Health Ministry said that both police records and statements by next-of-kin asserted that the deceased was 130 years old.
“Hi, case 352 was a BID case involving a foreigner who did not have any identification papers.
“KKM has taken into consideration the statements given by next-of-kin that the victim was 130 years old and did not have any illnesses.
“Police station records also stated that the victim was 130 years old,” read the tweet that was signed off by the account's administrator.
The acronym ‘BID’ stands for 'brought in dead', while KKM is the Malay abbreviation for the Health Ministry.
Hi, kes kematian 352 ialah kes BID melibatkan bukan warganegara yang tidak memiliki dokumen pengenalan diri. KKM mengambil kira pengakuan waris bahawa mangsa berumur 130 thn dan tiada sebarang penyakit. Rekod di balai polis juga menunjukkan mangsa berumur 130 tahun. (admin).— KKMalaysia🇲🇾 (@KKMPutrajaya) November 28, 2020
*Editor's note: An earleir version of this story contained an error about Jeanne Louise Calment's year of death and has since been rectified..