Inter-district today, inter-State Nov 1
Published on: Thursday, October 14, 2021
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Kota Kinabalu: The State Government will allow cross-state travel for social visits and tourism starting Nov 1, said Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor.

However, he said this permission was conditional as the state’s adults must have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and must undergo the RT-PCR or RTK-Antigen (saliva swab) test three days before their trip.

“The adolescents aged 12 to 18 must have at least received the first dose of vaccine while children aged below 12 must be accompanied by their fully vaccinated parents for interstate travel.

“The State Government is satisfied with the report from the Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) that the full vaccination rate in Sabah up to Oct 11, 2021 had reached over 70 per cent to permit cross-state travel,” he said in a statement.

He added that in line with this, the State Government also agreed to allow interdistrict travel across Sabah beginning today (Thursday). However, the conditions are the same as that set for interstate travel. 

Meanwhile, Sabah’s Covid-19 Spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun urged the public to remain vigilant in complying with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) amid the State Government’s decision to relax interdistrict and interstate travel restrictions.

“As announced by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Mohd Noor, interdistrict travel will be allowed on Oct. 14 and interstate travel starting Nov. 1, subject to conditions.

“The community is urged to continue complying with the SOPs outlined to curb new transmissions despite the reopening of various economic sectors and public facilities that cater to the people’s needs,” he said.

Sabah recorded 751 cases on Wednesday while six deaths were recorded – four in Sandakan and two in Kudat. Kota Belud topped the list with 75 cases, followed by Kota Kinabalu (74), Sandakan (58), Tenom (49), Tuaran (48), Ranau (47), Lahad Datu (46), Keningau (45), Penampang (40) and Beaufort (34).

“Eight districts have recorded a significant increase, namely Tenom (+32), Sandakan (+28), Kota Kinabalu (+19), Tuaran (+15), Kota Belud (+12), Penampang (+12), Beaufort (+10) and Tambunan (+10).

“Districts that have recorded a significant decrease include Kudat (-27), Putatan (-20), Tawau (-17), Kota Marudu (-10) and Pitas (-10),” he said.

Of the caseload, he said 67.51 per cent were cases registered from the day earlier while the remaining were overdue for over two days.

He said close contacts made up 55.39 per cent of the caseload followed by symptomatic screenings with 37.95 per cent.

He added that 8.26 per cent are in category one and 84.42 per cent are in category two, while seven patients are in category three and one patient each in category four and five. 46 cases are still being evaluated.

He said 12 cases involved babies less than a year old, 55 involved one to five-year-olds, 59 involved six to 11-year-olds, 88 involved 12 to 17-year-olds, 93 involved 18 to 25 -year-olds, 371 involved 26 to 59-year-olds whereas 73 cases involved those aged above 60 years.

The caseload also comprised 729 Malaysians and 22 non-Malaysians, 740 local cases and 11imported cases, while 301 are unvaccinated and 407 have completed both doses.

Some 1,145 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 2,338 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 132 patients are under critical care, with 113 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well as 19 in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 40 needing ventilator support.

Sabah’s bed capacity is at 6,539 units with an occupancy rate of 35.75 per cent, he added.

On Sabah’s immunisation programme, Masidi said 32,731 individuals were vaccinated on Oct 12, of which 11,439 were adults and 21,292 were teenagers.

“As of Oct 12, some 2,386,233 individuals have completed their first dose, of which 75.5 per cent were adults. Some 2,083,451 individuals have completed both doses of the vaccine, of which 1,948,871 were adults,” he said.

He added that 304,090 teenagers have received their first dose, whereas 134,580 teenagers have been fully vaccinated thus far.


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