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Covid-19: Active cases stay below 100 for second straight week

KUALA LUMPUR (July 15): Malaysia recorded five new Covid-19 cases as of noon today, of which four were local transmissions while one was an imported case involving a foreigner who is allowed to enter the country for work, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH).

This raised the total infections in the country to 8,734, said its health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah in a statement today.

Of the four local transmissions, one case involved a foreigner in Kuching, Sarawak, who was displaying symptoms. The patient has been admitted to the Sarawak General Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, on the other three locally transmitted cases involving Malaysians, one case was found in Selangor, while the other two cases were found in Sarawak.

The case in Selangor was detected through pre-surgery screening in Sungai Buloh Hospital.

In Sarawak, one case detected through the screening of health workers in a medical centre, while the other case had close contact with patient no. 8,732, who tested positive for the virus.

This is the 23rd time Malaysia recorded single-digit cases since the Movement Control Order began on March 18.

The number of active cases in the country has stayed below 100 for two consecutive weeks since July 2, as the MoH reported 86 active cases today.

This left five patients in intensive care unit, with one needing ventilator support.

According to Noor Hisham, only two Covid-19 patients were discharged today, bringing total recoveries to 8,526.

Meanwhile no new deaths were reported for the fourth day, which kept the death toll at 122.

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