KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): Malaysia's daily Covid-19 infections, which returned to a single digit yesterday, are on the rise again with 15 new cases reported as of noon today, said the Ministry of Health (MoH).

The number of daily infections has been going up and down between the single- and double-digit levels since last Friday when 18 cases were reported, after posting four straight days of single-digit cases since last Monday.

Today's new cases brought the country's tally of Covid-19 infections to 8,779.

The number of active cases now stood at 103, breaching the triple-digit mark for the first time in over two weeks, when the country recorded 144 active cases on July 1. Two patients are now being treated in the intensive care unit with one requiring ventilator support.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said seven more patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals today, bringing the current rate of recoveries to 8,553 (97.4% of the total cases).

"Based on the information reported to the National Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, it is unfortunate that there was one new death reported due to Covid-19. The death toll now stands at 123," Noor Hisham said in a statement today.

"The deceased was a male Malaysian aged 72 who was diagnosed with chronic high blood pressure and a stroke. He was pronounced dead at 12.51am on July 17 upon arriving at the emergency ward of the Enche Besar Hajjah Khalsom Hospital in Johor," he added.

Meanwhile, of the 15 new cases, four were imported cases involving two Malaysians and two non-citizens — one of whom was permitted to enter the country for work purposes while the other is married to a Malaysian. These cases were traced to the UK, India and Libya.

The remaining 11 were local transmissions related to eight Malaysians and three non-citizens. Of the eight newly infected Malaysians, five were detected in Sarawak and one each in Selangor, Sabah and Johor.

Noor Hisham said the three non-citizens who contracted the disease locally were each traced to three new clusters namely the Restaurant cluster in Kuala Lumpur, Rumah Kongsi cluster in Sepang and Jetty cluster in Kuching, Sarawak.

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