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25 new cases in Sabah make it 82
Published on: Wednesday, March 18, 2020
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Kota Kinabalu: Sabah recorded 82 positive cases of Covid-19 as of Tuesday – an increase of 25 new cases.

State Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi (pic) said no deaths were reported so far in the State.

 She said the Health Department is providing a Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Service (MHPSS) for Covid-19 patients and Person Under Investigation PUI/ Person Under Surveillance (PUS) which been implemented since March 16, this year.

“The psychologist will contact the patient (client) and the psycho-educator, infographic information, DASS-21 screening link and Mental Health Alert card will be presented digitally to the client.

“The service operations are on daily basis (Monday to Sunday) from 8am to 5pm and is accessible by contacting the MHPSS operation room at 088-230987.

“This line is exclusively for mental health and psychological support services only,” Dr Christina said in a statement here on Tuesday.

In another development, she said there were changes of time and service for outpatient treatment at Tawau Health Clinic effective on March 19 (Thursday) whereby the clinic operates from 8am until 9pm from Monday until Friday and on Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays, it will operate from 8am until 12 noon.

The department also continued to remind public to practise high levels of hygiene washing hands regularly with soap, drink enough water to ensure good hydration, avoid shaking hands or contact when suffering from fever, cough/sneeze and difficulty in breathing.

She also advised those suffering from the symptoms to get immediate treatment.

Dr Christina said public are advised to get correct and accurate information through Ministry of Health website www.gov.my and public are reminded not to spread news on Covid-19 cases that have not been confirmed by the ministry to prevent unnecessary panic and misunderstanding within the community.

Nationwide, 120 new cases have been reported, bringing the total to 673. A total of seven patients have recovered and have been discharged.

Of those who tested positive for Covid-19 today, 95 cases are linked to the Sri Petaling Mosque cluster, bringing the total number of patients from that cluster to 428 cases.

About 16,000 people, including 1,500 foreigners, were reported to have attended the tabligh gathering.

 


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