Veteran Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad admitted to hospital after getting COVID-19

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Malaysia’s longest-serving leader Mahathir Mohamad was admitted to hospital Wednesday after he tested positive for COVID-19.

“Dr Mahathir has been admitted to the National Heart Institute for observation for the next few days as advised by the medical team,” his office said in a statement posted on Facebook.

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Mahathir, who was prime minister twice in the Southeast Asian country, had several coronary bypass operations in the past and suffered from three heart attacks. He recently had a pacemaker installed and earlier this year said he would not contest in elections likely for this year due to poor health and age.

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The 97-year-old politician has been in and out of hospital in January and late December. He also underwent an elective medical procedure at the same institute in Kuala Lumpur.

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