Take SOPs seriously even fully vaccinated
Published on: Monday, August 02, 2021
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Kota Kinabalu: The State Government is urging the public to take the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) seriously even after completing both doses of the vaccine.  

Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said out of 1,002 new cases recorded in Sabah on Sunday, 181 have been vaccinated, with 94 having received their first dose and 87 completed both doses.

“This situation suggests that non-compliance of SOPs can still cause those fully vaccinated to be infected with Covid-19.

“SOP compliance must be taken seriously by the community in a joint effort to curb the pandemic which is currently escalating in Sabah,” said Masidi.

He said the Ministry of Health (MOH) also advocates total SOP compliance as prevention from contracting Covid-19, adding self-discipline in doing so is important. 

Masidi also said the State Government will raise the vaccination rate to 50,000 doses a day in efforts to achieve herd immunity in Sabah as soon as possible. 

“The State Health Department administered a total of 43,792 vaccine doses on Saturday. 

“Every day we are working towards increasing the Health Department’s capacity to administer the vaccine. We will raise the capacity past 50,000 doses a day.

“Maximum immunisation capacity as well as an uninterrupted supply of vaccines will enable Sabah to achieve herd immunity more quickly,” he said. 

Masidi said seven deaths were recorded in Sabah on Sunday, with two in Penampang and one each in Beluran, Papar, Semporna, Kinabatangan and Kota Kinabalu.

On Sabah’s daily caseload, he said close contacts continued to be the largest contributor with 591 cases, equating to 59 per cent of the caseload. 

Kota Kinabalu topped the list with 171 cases, followed by Tawau with 171, Penampang (100) and Sipitang (90). 

“In Kota Kinabalu, nearly 63 per cent of cases are from close contacts, while 70 per cent of Tawau’s cases, 67 per cent of Penampang’s cases and 62 per cent of Sipitang’s cases are also close contacts. 

“This data shows Covid-19 transmission is becoming widespread in the community. This conclusion can also be attributed to a high percentage of symptomatic cases, which is 18.36 per cent (184 cases),” he said. 

Of the 1,002 caseload, 17 cases involve babies less than a year old, 78 involve one to five-year-olds, 211 involve six to 17-year-olds, 621 involve 18 to 59-year-olds and 75 cases involve those above 60-year-olds. 

Masidi added that 72.45 per cent of the caseload are in category one (285 cases) and category two (441 cases), which are asymptomatic to mild cases that do not require hospital treatment.

On the 10 new cases detected in remote Long Pasia, Masidi said nine of them have not been vaccinated and the other has completed both doses of the vaccine. 

Meanwhile, two new clusters were identified in Telupid and Keningau, namely the Tembidong Bidong Cluster and Jalan Patikang Ulu Cluster. 

The Tembidong Bidong Bidong Cluster in Telupid was sparked by visiting activities during the recent Aidiladha celebration, stemming from a 55-year-old woman. 

She was detected positive on July 19 at the Sandakan Duchess of Kent Hospital, after being referred there by the Nangoh Health Clinic, with cough symptoms and breathing difficulties she experienced since July 17. 

Masidi said she had also infected her husband, who is among 18 close contacts that tested positive on July 21. To date, 292 contacts have been screened, of which 88 were found positive. 

The Jalan Patikang Ulu Cluster in Keningau involving workplace transmission stemmed from a 19-year-old male clerk at a heavy machinery workshop and service company.

He was tested positive during symptomatic screening at a private clinic on July 29. On the same day, the clinic detected another positive case - a close contact of the index patient. 

“There are 17 cases in this cluster to date involving those from Mukim Patikang and Lingkudau in Keningau. 

“An increase of cases is believed to be sparked from mingling among the occupants of a crowded rental house in Jalan Patikang Ulu,” Masidi explained. 

Meanwhile, two localities will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting Aug 3 to 16, namely Ladang Hibumas 2 Housing in Mukim Sungai-Sungai, Beluran and Kg Tagibang in Kota Marudu. 

EMCOs in Ladang Agathis, Kalabakan, Kg Nosoob, Penampang, Kg Gusung, Likas and Kg Bakalau, Beaufort will be extended starting Aug 3 to 16. 

EMCOs in 10 localities will be lifted on Aug 2, namely three Likas localities (Taman Teluk Likas, Taman Kurnia Jaya and Permai Kaya Factory workers quarters), Kg Long Kiangan, Kg Ranau-Ranau, Kg Solob and Kg Tunas Baru in Sipitang, Kg Muhibbah in Beaufort and Kg Dandulit Matunggong in Kudat. 

On Sabah’s National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, under phase two, 44,639 individuals received their first dose, bringing the tally to 797,180, while 3,661 received their second dose, bringing the tally to 337,338.



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