Seven people also died due to the coronavirus, raising Malaysia’s Covid-19 death toll to 501.
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The country also discharged 1,010 Covid-19 patients, which means 98,228 people have recovered.
The number of people with active Covid-19 infections in Malaysia has gone up to 22,089.
Currently, 122 patients are in intensive care, with 53 requiring ventilator support.
At a press conference, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said eight of Monday’s cases were imported infections, while the rest were local transmissions.
Dr Noor Hisham said Selangor recorded the highest increase of the day out of all states with 687 new cases, or 39.5% of the country’s total.
The state is followed by Sabah with 303 or 17.4% of cases, and Johor with 295 cases (16.9%).
There are 32 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which is about 1.8% of Monday’s tally.
The numbers of new local cases in the remaining states are as follows: Kuala Lumpur (150 cases), Negri Sembilan (56), Penang (55), Kelantan (50), Kedah (45), Perak (34), Melaka (34), Pahang (12), Sarawak (8), Putrajaya (6), Terengganu (4), Labuan (1) and Perlis (1).
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On the seven deaths on Monday, Dr Noor Hisham said three were in Sabah, two in Johor and one each in Selangor and Pahang.
All of the deceased are Malaysians, aged between 45 and 83.
Status Terkini #COVID19, 4 Januari 2021— KKMalaysia (@KKMPutrajaya) January 4, 2021
Jumlah kes sembuh=98,228 kes
Kes baharu positif=1,741 kes (1,733 tempatan, 8 import)
Jumlah kes kematian=501 kes
Kes dirawat di ICU=122 kes
Bantuan Alat Pernafasan=53 kes pic.twitter.com/6TPdkxVUNR