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New workplace cluster at K’batangan palm oil mill
Published on: Friday, November 26, 2021
By: Hayati Dzulkifli
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Kota Kinabalu: A new Covid-19 cluster named the “Sawit Biru Cluster” involving infections at a workplace was detected in Kinabatangan, Sandakan. 

Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the cluster at a palm oil mill involved a female cleaner and so far, 14 people had been confirmed positive. 

The index case was a 41-year-old foreign woman who worked as a cleaner at the mill.

She was found positive on Nov 19 after undergoing RTK-Ag screening test at a private clinic in Lahad Datu on Nov 22 and was referred to the Kinabatangan Hospital for further treatment.

“Subsequent contact sampling activities found a total of 13 social contacts, employees and dependants were positive and subsequently quarantined and given appropriate treatment,” he said in a statement, Thursday. 

On Thursday’s caseload, Masidi said 513 cases were recorded in Sabah, which showed a drop of 109 compared to 622 cases on Wednesday, adding that four deaths were recorded, involving two cases in Lahad Datu and one case each in Keningau and Kota Marudu.

He said four districts, namely Kota Kinabalu, Ranau, Tuaran and Kota Belud, which topped the list of Covid-19 cases in Sabah on a daily basis, recorded a significant decrease on Thursday.

“Kota Kinabalu recorded 72 cases, a decrease of 37 compared to 72 cases on Wednesday, followed by Ranau with 51 cases (drop of 14 cases compared to 63), Tuaran 48 cases (decrease of 31 cases compared to 76) and Kota Belud 46 new cases (decrease of 10 cases) compared to 56.

“However, these four districts remain the highest contributors of Covid-19 cases every day in Sabah,” he said.

Apart from these four districts, Masidi said eight districts recorded an increase in the number of cases, while five districts recorded the same number of cases as before. 

He said there are no new cases in Kunak, Tongod and Kalabakan. 

Overall, he said the percentage of sporadic cases is still high involving 191 people or 37.2pc of the 513 patients reported on Thursday.

“A total of 500 people out of 513 patients were in Categories 1 and 2, which were asymptomatic or having only mild symptoms. 

“Only two people are in Category 3, two people in Category 4 and also two people in Category 5. A total of seven patients are still under assessment by Sabah Health Department,” he said.

Masidi said the number of Covid-19 patients who recovered was 679 (including those discharged from hospitals/Public Quarantine and Low Risk Treatment Centre (PKRC), making a cumulative total of 220,159 people.

Meanwhile, 1,598 patients are receiving treatment, namely 685 people in hospitals, 895 people in the Public Quarantine and PKRC and 18 people in the Temporary Detention Centre (PTS)/ Prison.

“The number of patients in need of critical care is 77, including 71 in ICU/repurposed critical care and six in open ward (HDW/acute cubicle and another 29 people need ventilated breathing aids.

“The number of stage four and five patients who have not yet completed the vaccine is 59 patients (28.37pc),” Masidi said.

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