PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia recorded 4,008 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (Jan 20), taking the total number of cases in the country to 169,379.
This is only the second time the number of daily cases has exceeded the 4,000 mark; the other was on Jan 16 with 4,029 cases.
There were also 11 more deaths due to Covid-19, bringing Malaysia's death toll to 630.
A total of 2,374 Covid-19 patients were discharged, bringing the number of recoveries in the country up to 127,662.
There are currently 41,087 active Covid-19 cases nationwide being treated at hospitals and quarantine centres.
Of that, 246 patients are in intensive care, with 96 on ventilator support.
In a statement, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said five of Wednesday’s cases are imported infections while the rest are local ones.
The states with the highest number of new cases are Selangor (1,391 cases), Kuala Lumpur (513), Johor (470) and Sabah (406).
There are 113 new cases reported from prison and detention centre clusters, which constitute 2.8% of Wednesday’s total.
On the 11 deaths, Dr Noor Hisham said four are in Selangor, three in Johor, three in Sabah, and one in Sarawak.
"Nine of them are Malaysians and two foreigners," he added.
Those who succumbed are aged 42 to 90 and mostly suffered from co-morbidities such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
One case involving a 54-year-old was declared as "dead on arrival" at Kajang Hospital, Selangor.