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Sporadic cases remain high at 35.7pc: Masidi
Published on: Monday, October 25, 2021
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: The easing of various restrictions and the declining level of standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance among the community are likely contributors of Sabah’s high number of sporadic cases, said Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. 

“The eagerness to return to the pre-pandemic lifestyle has led to a careless and negligent attitude in adhering to SOPs when socialising at work and in public,” he said.

He said this in a statement, Sunday, following the number of sporadic cases in Sabah which remains high at 179 or 35.7 per cent of Sabah’s caseload. 

Sabah recorded 502 cases on Sunday and four deaths throughout Sabah – two in Tenom and one each in Sandakan and Keningau. 

Masidi said Ranau topped the list with 56 cases, followed by Keningau (49), Kota Kinabalu (49), Kota Belud (42), Penampang (34), Kota Marudu (33), Lahad Datu (25), Tenom (21), Sandakan (20), Papar (19) and Tambunan (17). 

“Some 17 districts recorded a decrease in cases, while eight cases recorded an increase. 

“Cases in Ranau and Keningau doubled from the day earlier, from 28 to 56 in Ranau and 24 to 39 in Keningau. Ranau is the only district with cases above the 50 mark,” he said. 

Of the 502 caseload, Masidi said 223 were backlogs overdue for at least two days, while the remaining occurred the day earlier. 

He added that close contacts still remain the largest contributor to Sabah’s caseload with 267 cases (53.19 per cent).



“Nearly 97 per cent of cases are in category one and two, while category three, four and five infections, which require hospital or intensive treatment, remain low. 

“There are five patients in category three, three in category four and one in category five. Seven cases are still being evaluated by the Health Department,” said Masidi. 

Some 575 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 1,880 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 85 patients are under critical care, with 77 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care as well as eight in the open ward (high dependency ward (HDW)/acute cubicle), with 22 needing ventilator support.

Sabah’s bed capacity is at 6,298 units with an occupancy rate of 29.85 per cent, he added.

On Sabah’s immunisation programme, Masidi said 23,402 individuals were vaccinated on Oct 23, of which 14,644 were adults and 6,046 were teenagers. 2,712 of them were recipients of the booster shot or third dose. 

“As of Oct 23, some 2,375,248 individuals have completed their first dose, of which 74.35 per cent were adults. Some 2,240,236 individuals have completed both doses of the vaccine, of which 72.17 per cent were adults,” he said.

He added that 324,397 teenagers have received their first dose, whereas 249,508 teenagers have been fully vaccinated thus far.

 



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