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KK becomes Sabah’s second Red Zone
Published on: Friday, April 17, 2020
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KK becomes Sabah’s second Red Zone
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Kota Kinabalu: The State Capital became the second district after Tawau to be declared a Covid-19 red zone when the number of cases rose to 42 cases, Thursday.

 The Health Ministry has been categorising certain areas in the country hit with Covid-19 cases into different “zones”. These zones are denoted based on the number of cases in an area and the four zones are green, yellow, orange and red.

 Green refers to areas with no positive Covid-19 cases, while yellow have up to 20 cases.  Orange is for areas with 21 to 40 cases while the red zone refers to areas with more than 40 cases.

On March 30, Tawau was declared Sabah’s first red zone as the district topped the number of positive cases as well as recorded a substantial increase in cases, including two of the four deaths in the State to date.  Following that, Tawau district police, on Apr 9, shut down six major routes to the township for 24 hours to tighten the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO). The number of roadblocks was also increased.

 Lahad Datu is currently an orange zone while the green zones are Kudat, Pitas, Kota Marudu, Beluran, Telupid, Tongod, Nabawan, Tenom and Kuala Penyu.

 An update from Sabah Health authorities, which only releases statistics around midnight, stated that the city’s cases as at Wednesday increased by two while Keningau saw one more case, bringing Sabah’s total to 288, while Labuan’s cases remained at 15.

Topping the list was still Tawau with 79, followed by Kota Kinabalu (42), Lahad Datu (39), Tuaran (20), Sandakan (20), Kinabatangan (19), Keningau (12), Penampang (11), Beaufort (10), Putatan (8), Kunak (8), Kota Belud (5), Papar (4), Sipitang (4), Tambunan (3), Ranau (2), and Semporna (2).

The number of recovered Covid-19 cases in Sabah is 135, to date, while the death toll is four. Two of the deaths were related to participation in the Tabligh Islamic gathering in Kuala Lumpur a month ago while one was a Tambunan man and the latest a Pulau Gaya foreigner who supposedly committed suicide.

 For more information about Covid-19 or other health issues, contact the State Health Department’s Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) at 088-219455 or 088-512531.

Twenty-seven districts remain as Covid-19 red zones in the country with Lembah Pantai still recording the highest number of positive cases.

Lembah Pantai recorded 577 cases.

Hulu Langat and Petaling recorded the second and third highest number of cases at 440 and 363, respectively.

Selangor still recorded the highest number of Covid-19 positive cases, totalling 1,316. 


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