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Sabah’s cases dip to 474, with nearly half close contacts
Published on: Thursday, July 22, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: After a continuous high of over 600 cases in the past four days, Sabah’s Covid-19 cases dropped to 474 on Wednesday from 657 on Tuesday, with nearly half registering as close contact cases. 

Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said the prison clusters, which caused Sabah’s caseload to surge the past few days, only registered eight new cases on Wednesday, which attributed to the lower caseload. 

The Tembok Kota Kinabalu Cluster (Kepayan Prison) registered zero cases, while the Tembok Dua Cluster (Tawau Prison) registered eight cases. 

“The main contributor of cases on Wednesday are from close contact screenings with 227 cases, which is 47.9 per cent of Sabah’s caseload. This is followed by 71 symptomatic screening cases and 55 targeted screening cases from Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) localities, of which 38 were recorded in Beaufort,” said Masidi in a statement, Wednesday. 

Kota Kinabalu topped the list with 128 cases, followed by Beaufort with 76 cases. 

Masidi said 90.5 per cent of the total cases are in category one and two which do not need hospital treatment. 

“There are 184 category one cases where they do not experience symptoms and there are 245 cases in category two where they only have mild symptoms,” he said, adding they will be placed in the low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs). 

One Covid-19 death was recorded in Beaufort whereas two new clusters were identified in Beluran and Kota Kinabalu. 

“Only two new clusters were identified, namely the Sawit Lung Cluster in Beluran (11 cases) and the Industri KKIP Selatan Cluster, here, with six cases, which accounts for 3.6 per cent of the total cases today,” he said. 

The Sawit Lung Cluster involves transmission within an estate which was likely caused by poor compliance of the standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

Masidi said the index patient is a 35-year-old non-Malaysian man who tested positive on July 14 during an entry screening at the estate. 

“On the same day, three individuals were found positive with an epidemiologic link to the workplace. Out of 40 screened contacts, 11 were found positive involving colleagues and family,” said Masidi, adding there are 15 cumulative cases in the cluster to date.

The Industri KKIP Selatan Cluster involves transmission within a plastic factory and stemmed from a 20-year-old male factory operator. 

Masidi said he was tested positive at the Family Care Clinic Sepanggar on July 12 and had experienced symptoms since July 9. He has been admitted to the PKRC for further treatment. 

“Out of 45 contacts screened, eight were found positive. 32 samples were negative whereas five are still awaiting results. 

“Four cases with an epidemiologic link were registered in Tuaran, bringing the cumulative total of cases in this cluster to 12,” he said. 

Some 311 Covid-19 patients were discharged from the hospital while 3,597 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals and PKRCs. Sabah’s bed capacity is at 5,954 units with an occupancy rate of 60.41 per cent. 

Meanwhile, Taman Merpati in Sandakan will be placed under EMCO from July 23 to Aug 5, while existing EMCOs in Kg Istimewa, Batu Sapi, Sandakan and One Borneo Condominium, Kota Kinabalu will be extended from July 23 to Aug 5. 

Five EMCOs will be lifted on July 22, namely Kg Sungai Imam in Tawau, Kg Balibata in Beaufort, Kg Pintasan in Kota Belud and two Putatan villages, namely Kg Lembising and Kg Dumpil Keramat. 

To date, there are 94 existing EMCOs throughout Sabah, with KK registering the highest number with 27 EMCOs, said Masidi. 

On Sabah’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, under phase two, 5,488 individuals received their first dose, bringing the tally to 451,290, while 1,781 received their second dose, bringing the tally to 309,436.

A total of 6,723 individuals signed up for the vaccine on Wednesday, bringing the total number of registrants to 1,012,791, which is a registration rate of 36.7 per cent. 

 



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