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Sabah allows 10 more operations and activities
Published on: Sunday, September 19, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: The State Government will allow 10 more operations and activities, starting Sept 20, under the latest standard operating procedures (SOPs) updated on Sept 19, said Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

Starting Monday, hiking activities will be allowed for those fully vaccinated, either individually and in groups of not more than 30 people, or 50 per cent capacity of the area.

Fitness activities done individually or in groups at gymnasiums or fitness centres, such as aerobics, Zumba and the like, are also allowed on condition that coaches and participants have been fully vaccinated.

Masidi said the same condition of not more than 30 people per group or 50 per cent capacity of the building applies to such fitness activities when conducted in groups.

“Sports and recreational activities requiring physical contact in indoor and outdoor sports facilities are allowed for those fully vaccinated,” said Masidi in a statement, Saturday.

He said maritime, aviation and ground training centres are allowed to operate on condition that all are fully vaccinated.

“Pond fishing activities are allowed from 6am to 6pm within the same district, provided employees and customers are fully vaccinated on compliance with 50 per cent capacity of the space or not more than 30 people at a time,” said Masidi.

Additionally, domestic cruise ship activities on Sabah waters are permitted with 50 per cent capacity provided all crew, employees and passengers have been fully vaccinated. Nightclub and pub activities are not permitted.

“Face-to-face meetings are permitted for all fully vaccinated individuals at 50 per cent capacity of the meeting room.

“All private offices are allowed to operate at a capacity that depends on the percentage of fully vaccinated employees,” said Masidi.

He added that liquor factories and stores are allowed to operate provided workers have been fully vaccinated. However, nightclubs, pubs and karaoke centres are still not allowed to operate.

“Higher Education Institutions (IPT) under the Higher Education Ministry (MOHE) will be opened in stages to students who have completed their vaccination,” said Masidi, adding however that admission of students will still be subject to a certain capacity.Sabah’s cases dipped to 1,395 cases on Saturday, the lowest record since Aug 11, said Masidi.

The State also recorded a relatively low number of deaths with 13 fatalities – three each in Lahad Datu and Putatan, two each in Tawau and Kudat whereas Kota Belud, Sandakan and Kinabatangan each recorded one death.

Masidi said a new workplace cluster was identified in Kinabatangan, named as the Sawit Safoda cluster involving transmission within an oil palm estate.

“The index case is a 32-year-old male lorry driver who was tested positive at the estate’s panel clinic on Sept 16 after experiencing symptoms since Sept 11. He has been referred to the Kinabatangan Hospital for further treatment.

“Contact screenings found another 22 positive among social contacts, staff and dependants, bringing the tally in this cluster to 23, out of 115 individuals screened,” he said.

On Sabah’s caseload, Kota Kinabalu topped the list 160 cases, followed by Sandakan (159), Lahad Datu (127), Tuaran (106), Kota Marudu (84), Kota Belud (78) and Tawau (69).

He said out of the caseload, 463 are overdue cases from two to three days ago, 59 cases are from four to five days ago and 36 from more than five days ago.

“Close contacts continued to be the largest contributor with 833 cases (59.7 per cent) followed by 383 symptomatic cases, accounting for 27.5 per cent of the caseload,” he said.

Of the caseload, 17 cases involved babies less than a year old, 103 involved one to five-year-olds, 120 involved six to 11-year-olds, 131 involved 12 to 17-year-olds and 889 involved 18 to 59-year-olds, whereas 135 cases involved those aged above 60 years. 

The caseload also comprised 1,248 Malaysians and 147 non-Malaysians, 1,359 local cases and 36 imported cases, while 723 are unvaccinated and 555 have completed both doses.

Masidi said category two infections make up the bulk of the caseload with 899 cases, while 385 are in category one, nine in category three and seven each in category four and five. 88 cases are still being evaluated. 

Some 1,775 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 4,203 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

 Masidi said 200 patients are under critical care, with 149 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well as 51 in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 70 needing ventilator support.

On Sabah’s immunisation programme, Masidi said 55.9 per cent of Sabah’s adult population have been fully vaccinated whereas 70.9 per cent of adults have completed at least their first dose, as of Sept 17.

Meanwhile, Kg Tamu Darat in Kota Belud will be placed under Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) starting Sept 20 until Oct 3, while the existing EMCO at the Kota Kinabalu Police Training Centre (Pulapol) will be lifted on Sept 19.



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