KUALA LUMPUR, July 19 — Malaysia has 15 new Covid-19 infection cases and one new death, Health Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced this afternoon.
He said of the new infections, 11 patients were local transmissions while the other four contracted the coronavirus overseas.
Eight of the local transmissions are Malaysians, five who are from Sarawak. Dr Noor Hisham said the remaining three are foreign nationals.
As for the import cases, two were from the United Kingdom, one from India and another from Libya.
“Two were detected from checks at the airport, one returned positive from close contact with patient 8743, one came from self-testing and another from a test before returning to work,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a statement on the Covid-19 situation today.
He said one case was detected at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre in Selangor and one from a screening at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Sabah.
He added that today’s sole death was a 72-year-old Malaysian who lived at a home for the elderly with a history of chronic high blood pressure and stroke.
The victim had suffered a cough and had a high fever on July 10 and was sent to the emergency unit at Hospital Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom in Johor on July 17 and pronounced dead at 12.51am the same day after being certified Covid-19 positive.
With today’s latest figures, Malaysia now has a total of 8,779 Covid-19 cases, of which 103 are active.
Dr Noor Hisham said seven patients were discharged today while two remain in intensive care, adding that one of them required a ventilator.
Malaysia’s total recoveries to date stands at 8,553 cases.
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