Cabinet to discuss spike in Sabah Covid-19 cases
Published on: Monday, September 21, 2020
By: Bernama
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SANDAKAN: The Special Cabinet Committee will discuss the spike in Covid-19 cases in Sabah as the State prepares for polling on Saturday, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic). He said the matter would be discussed at the weekly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).

“We do hold weekly meetings on Covid-19. But on the increasing cases in Sabah, we will discuss on Tuesday,” he said.

Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said Sunday that 52 positive Covid-19 cases were reported in Malaysia in the last 24-hour period, 36 of them in Sabah.

As of Saturday, there was a positive case in Sandakan, three positive cases in the Bakau cluster in Semporna, 399 positive cases in Tawau and 551 positive cases in the Benteng cluster in Lahad Datu.

Asked on claims that a political party leader from Peninsular Malaysia had tested positive for Covid-19 while campaigning in Sabah, Ismail Sabri said he had not received any official report on the matter.

“If it is true, the individual concerned will have to undergo quarantine and treatment until full recovery before returning to the peninsula,” he added.

Ismail Sabri reminded the people, including politicians involved in the campaigning, to always abide by the standard operating procedure set by the Health Ministry to curb the spread of Covid-19.

Some 1.12 million registered voters are set to go to the polls to elect 73 state assemblymen to the Sabah State Legislative Assembly.

Meanwhile, a total of RM140,000 from the Covid-19 Musa’adah Fund will be channelled to those affected by the pandemic in Sandakan, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Religious Affairs) Datuk Seri Dr Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri.

Zulkifli said the aid would be handed over beginning Sunday until today (Monday) to the B40 group, asnaf (tithe recipients) and fishermen as well other beneficiaries regardless of religion.

“We will visit several places here to hand over the aid to those who are in need, in collaboration with various parties,” he said after officiating the Sandakan Kafa Class Assessment Test (UPKK) Excellence Awards ceremony, here, Sunday.

Earlier, he presented the contributions from the Musa’adah fund to 100 recipients among the asnaf and mualaf (Muslim converts) here.

Fishermen from Kampung Nunuyan would also receive the assistance, he added.


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