Double-dose requirement to be fully enforced on Sept 21
Published on: Monday, September 13, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: The requirement for all employees and customers in eateries, supermarkets as well as the trade and distribution sector to complete both doses of the vaccine will be fully enforced on Sept 21. 

Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said the grace period for those concerned to get fully vaccinated was initially granted until Sept 15.

“However, since only 52 per cent of Sabah’s adult population have been fully vaccinated, the enforcement date has been postponed to Sept 21, which is the target date for Sabah to reach 60 per cent inoculation of its adult population,” he said in a statement, Sunday.

Masidi said the State Government is also aware of a delay among certain workers to get fully vaccinated, particularly for those receiving the Astra-Zeneca vaccine.

“As such, employers may apply for a temporary exemption. 

“Applications should be submitted to the Local Authority listing the names of their staff involved, the date of the first dose and the scheduled date of the second dose,” he said.

Sabah recorded a new all-time high of Covid-19 fatalities on Sunday with 84 deaths, a spike from 53 the day earlier.

Kota Kinabalu recorded the highest fatalities with 18 deaths, followed by 14 in Sandakan, 10 in Kota Belud, nine in Penampang, seven in Tawau and four each in Lahad Datu, Kota Marudu and Pitas.

Three deaths were recorded in Tuaran, two each in Keningau, Putatan, Papar and Tenom, and one each in Semporna, Kunak and Nabawan.

Sabah’s cases dipped to 1,717 cases on Sunday from 2,163 on Saturday with Sandakan topping the list at 255 cases, followed by Kota Kinabalu (192), Tuaran (148), Papar (103), Kota Marudu (100), Lahad Datu (99) and Tawau (99).

“Cases in KK decreased by 257. Other districts also recorded a decrease, namely Papar (-19), Kota Marudu (-55), Lahad Datu (-39), Kudat (-32) and Keningau (-14).

“Tuaran’s cases increased by 36, contributed by 47 cases from the Bawah Bayu Cluster there,” said Masidi.

He said out of the caseload, 658 are overdue cases from two to three days ago, 49 cases are from four to five days ago and 67 from more than five days ago.

Close contacts continued to be the largest contributor with 977 cases (56.9 per cent), while symptomatic cases accounted for 27 per cent of the caseload with 464 cases. 

Districts with high symptomatic cases include Tawau (45.5 per cent), Penampang (44.1 per cent), Kota Kinabalu (29.7 per cent) and Sandakan (29.4 per cent).

“There are also 25 cases involving detainees,” added Masidi.

Of the caseload, 18 cases involved babies less than a year old, 151 involved one to five-year-olds, 344 involved six to 17-year-olds, 1,031 involved 18 to 59-year-olds, whereas 173 cases involved those aged above 60 years. 

The caseload also comprised 1,534 Malaysians and 183 non-Malaysians, 1,675 local cases and 42 imported cases, while 1,049 are unvaccinated and 518 have completed both doses.

Masidi said category two infections make up the bulk of the caseload with 1,026 cases, while 557 are in category one, nine in category three, 11 in category four and seven in category five. 107 cases are still being evaluated. 

Some 1,950 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 4,858 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 216 patients are under critical care, with 128 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well as 88 in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 80 needing ventilator support.

On Sabah’s immunisation programme, under phase two, 5,948 individuals received their first dose, bringing the tally to 1,706,053, while 14,478 second doses were administered, bringing the tally to 1,284,482.

“6,096 individuals received the single-dose CanSino vaccine, bringing the tally to 75,489,” said Masidi.

Meanwhile, IOI Plantations Unico Oil Mill Sdn Bhd Housing in Segama, Lahad Datu will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) from Sept 14 to 27.

Existing EMCOs in Taman Megah Jaya and Kg Bukit Gemuk in Tawau as well as Kg Nasakot, Ranau will be lifted on Sept 13.


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