Half of Sabah’s teenage population vaccinated
Published on: Monday, September 27, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: Half of Sabah’s teenage population have been vaccinated as of Sept 25, said Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

“Some 215,249 teenagers have been vaccinated so far, which is 50.5 per cent of the teenage population,” he said in a statement, Sunday.

The immunisation programme was introduced to teenagers aged 12 to 17 a week ago, following the State Cabinet’s decision to allow them to do so amid the Education Ministry’s move to reopen schools in stages starting October.

Additionally, Masidi said as of Sept 25, some 2,199,319 individuals have completed at least their first dose of the vaccine, which comprises 1,984,070 adults.

“1,687,106 adults have fully completed their vaccine doses as of Saturday,” he said.  

Sabah is back above the 1,000 mark with 1,078 cases on Sunday from 962 on Saturday, while 22 deaths were recorded throughout the State.

Masidi said 10 deaths were recorded in Sandakan, three in Tawau, two each in Kudat and Kota Marudu and one each in Lahad Datu, Keningau, Nabawan, Penampang and Kota Kinabalu.

Masidi said the trend of Sabah’s cases is not static and is constantly changing, where it is highly attributed to the people’s compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP),

“The higher the SOP-compliance, the lower the risk for widespread transmission,” he said.

Masidi said backlog cases are decreasing, where overdue cases from over five days ago only account for 1.58 per cent of the caseload.

“The decrease in backlogged cases indicates that the data update system is improving. Out of 1,078 cases, 461 are overdue cases from two to three days ago, 28 are overdue cases from four to give days ago and 17 are from over five days ago,” he said.

Masidi said Lahad Datu topped the list with 131 cases, followed by Kota Kinabalu (123), Keningau (102), Sandakan (81), Ranau (69), Penampang (64) and Kota Marudu (61).

“Lahad Datu recorded the highest surge (+58), followed by Kota Kinabalu (+32) and Penampang (+16).

“The increased caseload corresponds with the number of districts recording an increase in cases,” he said, adding that 14 districts recorded an increase while 12 districts recorded a decrease.

“Urban areas that have recorded a decrease include Tawau (-23), Putatan (-14) and Kudat (-6),” he said. Masidi said close contacts continue to be the largest contributor to the caseload with 611 cases (51.1 per cent) followed by symptomatic cases with 306 (28.4 per cent).

He said category two infections topped the caseload with 677 cases, while 316 were in category one, four in category three, 12 in category four and eight in category five. 61 cases are still being evaluated while 89.15 per cent of patients are Malaysians.

He added that 14 cases involved babies less than a year old, 93 involved one to five-year-olds, 121 involved six to 11-year-olds, 118 involved 12 to 17-year-olds and 142 involved 18 to 25 -year-olds, 504 involved 26 to 59-year-olds whereas 86 cases involved those aged above 60 years. 

The caseload also comprised 961 Malaysians and 117 non-Malaysians, 1,064 local cases and 14 imported cases, while 558 are unvaccinated and 389 have completed both doses.

Some 2,394 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 3,493 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 151 patients are under critical care, with 135 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well as 16 in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 55 needing ventilator support.

Meanwhile, Kg Bambangan, Telupid will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from Sept 27 until Oct 10, while existing EMCOs in Taman Semarak Megah, Tawau, IOI Plantations Unico Oil Mill Sdn Bhd Housing, Segama, Lahad Datu and Kg Dumpiring Bawah, Ranau will be lifted on Sept 26.


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