Sabah’s cases spike to 370, with 113 from KK
Published on: Friday, July 16, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: Kota Kinabalu recorded a three-digit high of 113 cases, which spiked Sabah’s daily caseload to 370 on Thursday from 286 on Wednesday. 

Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said KK’s high number was largely contributed by new cases detected in existing clusters, with 49 from the Tembok Kota Kinabalu Cluster (Kepayan Prison).

The rest were from the Jalan Kayu Madang Cluster (six cases) and the Agora Borneo Cluster (five), while other cases were from targeted and symptomatic screenings as well as close contacts. 

“Out of the 370 caseload, 148 are close contacts, 115 from clusters, 36 from targeted screenings and 21 from symptomatic screenings, while the rest from other categories

“A total of 85 cases involve detainees, comprising 49 cases from the Kepayan Prison and 36 cases from health screenings conducted on detainees under police investigation,” said Masidi, Thursday. 

Two Covid-19 deaths were recorded in Keningau and Semporna, while one new cluster was identified in Beaufort, involving several localities around Mukim Kota Klias. 

The new cluster, named as the Kota Klias Cluster, stemmed from a 69-year-old pirate taxi driver who was tested positive in an admission screening at the Beaufort Hospital on July 3. 

“This cluster has recorded a 60.5 per cent positivity rate, where out of 71 contacts screened, 44 were found positive,” said Masidi, adding that those infected involved families and pirate taxi passengers. 

Some 230 Covid-19 patients were discharged from the hospital while 2,226 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals and low risk treatment and quarantine centres (PKRCs).

Masidi said 53 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 12 requiring ventilator support, adding that Sabah’s bed capacity is at 4,358 units with an occupancy rate of 51.08 per cent. 

Meanwhile, three localities will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting July 17 until July 30, namely Kg Perpaduan Gumpa in Kudat, Sabah Forest Industry (SFI) housing in Sipitang, as well as the Tawau Prison and Taman Ehsan Prison Quarters in Tawau. 

The existing EMCO in Taman Jaya Diri, Kota Kinabalu will be extended starting July 17 until July 30. 

Six EMCOs will be lifted on July 16, namely in two Tawau localities (Kg Mangga, Nasip Kita and Kg Kijang, Balung), Kg Lingkodon in Kota Belud, Kg Pintas Kubu in Beaufort, Kg Muhibbah in Putatan and Kg Goshen in Kota Marudu. 

On Sabah’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, 385 first doses were administered, bringing the total to 65,246, while 15 second doses were administered, bringing the tally to 57,196, as part of phase one of the programme. 

In phase two, 9,662 individuals received their first dose, bringing the tally to 379,458, while 9,039 received their second dose, bringing the tally to 273,248.

Some 6,753 individuals signed up for vaccination on Thursday, bringing the total number of registrants to 958,826, which translates to a registration rate of 34.8 per cent.

Masidi also said 122 roadblocks were set up across Sabah involving the inspection of 31,876 vehicles. Of the figure, 92 were ordered to turn back. 

He added that compounds were issued to 26 individuals across the State for various Covid-19 SOP violations, while Sabah recorded an overall SOP compliance rate of 96 per cent. 

To date, the State Government has distributed 324,460 food baskets to affected groups under the Prihatin Covid-19 Assistance 3.0.


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