KK sees first three-digit cases; Ranau becomes red zone
Published on: Friday, October 16, 2020
By: Zam Yusa
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Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu registered its highest and first three-digit Covid-19 daily increase while Ranau became a red zone as Sabah recorded its highest daily caseload yet today.

The capital district saw 114 more cases, while Ranau received nine new patients, pushing its active cases total to 44, surpassing a red zone’s threshold of 40 cases for the first time like Papar, Putatan, Tuaran and Kota Belud.

Sabah recorded 489 fresh cases, just a case more than its previous daily record only last Sunday. The national caseload today was 629.

Sabah had the most cases today at 77.7 per cent as more test results were known, said the Ministry of Health, adding Sabah labs did 3,296 tests yesterday and the air force flew 5,340 samples to the peninsula for testing.

The state’s new cases consisted of 260 close contacts, 71 in existing clusters and 158 other screening cases, continuing the state’s trend of close contacts making up most daily cases.

All other red zones received new cases today: Sandakan (93 new cases), Tawau (77), Semporna (66), Lahad Datu (46), Putatan (19), Papar (17), Tuaran (10), Penampang (9), Kunak (4) and Kota Belud (1).

Beaufort, a yellow zone (district with one to 39 active cases), inched closer yet to becoming a red zone as it ticked three new cases, raising its total of active cases to 37.

Ten other yellow zones also had new cases: Kinabatangan (5 new cases), Kudat (4), Tambunan (3), Tenom (3), Pitas (2), Beluran (1), Kota Marudu (1), Kuala Penyu (1), Sipitang (1) and Keningau (1).

Nabawan, Tongod and Telupid remained as green zones or districts without active cases.

Sabah, registering deaths everyday for consecutive days now, saw five more deaths -- three in Kota Kinabalu and one each in Sandakan and Semporna -- involving four senior citizens and a man in his 30s, all locals, as the elderly continued to be the majority of the state’s daily fatalities.

There were no new clusters in Sabah today, although three were detected in Selangor, Kedah and Perak.

A total of 245 more patients were discharged nationwide including 106 in Sabah and 437 positive individuals were detected between Sept 20 and Oct 16 with Sabah travel history.

Meanwhile, Labuan had 19 new cases today comprising nine in the Bah Bundle cluster, six returnees from high-risk areas, three close contacts and one ship sign-off case.


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