More than half of Sabah now Covid red zones
Published on: Sunday, October 18, 2020
By: Zam Yusa
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Kota Kinabalu: More than half of Sabah, or 16 districts, are now Covid-19 red zones while Telupid became a yellow zone again as Malaysia saw record-seven deaths and a new high of 871 cases on Sunday.

Tambunan, Kudat and Keningau were the latest red zones or districts with 40 or more active cases after receiving 19, six and 16 new patients respectively.

Telupid, formerly a green zone or district without active cases, got two new cases, while Nabawan and Tongod remained as Sabah's only green zones, an infographic (pictured) from the Ministry of Health showed.

Only on Saturday, Daily Express reported that half or 13 of Sabah’s districts were red zones.

All red zones showed new cases except Beaufort, whose 10-case spike pushed the district under the red zone category on Saturday.

There are now eight yellow zones or districts with between one and 39 active cases, all of which, except Beluran, had new cases.

Semporna, which topped Sunday’s and cumulative active cases tallies among all the districts, and Kota Kinabalu registered record-daily cases of 141 and 127 respectively as Sabah saw its highest daily caseload yet at 702 cases, far surpassing its previous high of 489 on Friday.

The Sabah government's spokesman for the crisis, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said the increases in Sabah cases were the result of wider targetted testing in the 15 red zones and some test results of about 18,000 backlogged samples previously.

What gave Malaysians some solace was a new high of 701 discharged patients on Saturday.


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