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Spike in cases due to sporadic infections
Published on: Thursday, November 25, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: The spike in Sabah’s caseload to 622 on Wednesday from 526 the day earlier is likely due to the sporadic nature of Covid-19 transmissions, said Sabah’s Covid-19 spokes-person Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. 

He said the rise of cases is also due to the community’s complacency in abiding by the standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

“This high number is actually not surprising. In fact, it was predicted earlier by taking into account the high percentage of sporadic infections (symptomatic cases). 

“The percentage of sporadic cases has been at 35 to 40 per cent consistently over the past few weeks. Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has warned of a new infection wave due to complacency. Infections will spread more quickly when the virus is widespread amid a community that takes lightly the need to abide by the SOPs and other healthcare advice,” he said.

Five deaths were recorded throughout the State, two in Beaufort and one each in Nabawan, Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran. 

Masidi said 455 of the 622 cases were those fully vaccinated which accounts for 73 per cent of the caseload, while four had received their first dose. 45 were unvaccinated while 118 were ineligible for the vaccine. Some 311 cases were close contacts (50 per cent), while 232 were symptomatic cases (37.3 per cent).

On the caseload, Masidi said Kota Kinabalu topped the list with 109 cases, followed by Tuaran (76), Ranau (65), Kota Belud (56), Kinabatangan (39), Penampang (35) and Beaufort (35). 

He said 13 districts recorded an increase in cases, which was significant in four districts, namely Tuaran (+57), Ranau (+46), Kota Belud (+38) and Kinabatangan (+35). 

“All 39 cases in Kinabatangan are from the Sawit Jati Cluster,” he added. 

Masidi said 98 per cent of infections are in category one and two, while there are two cases each in category three and four as well as three in category five. Six cases are still being evaluated by the State Health Department. 

Some 378 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 1,656 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 76 patients are under critical care, including 70 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well six in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 29 patients needing ventilator support.

“Some 64 stage four and five patients (30.48 per cent) have not completed their vaccinations,” he said, adding that Sabah’s bed capacity is at 5,266 units with an occupancy rate of 31.45 per cent. 

On Sabah’s immunisation programme, Masidi said 5,400 individuals were vaccinated on Nov 23, of which 5,022 were adults and 378 were teenagers. 

“As of Nov 23, some 2,438,310 individuals have completed their first dose, of which 76.31 per cent were adults. Some 2,386,410 individuals have completed both doses of the vaccine, of which 75.43 per cent were adults,” he said.

 He added that 333,447 teenagers have received their first dose, whereas 305,715 teenagers have been fully vaccinated thus far.

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