Covid under control: Masidi
Published on: Saturday, January 22, 2022
By: Anthea Peter
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Kota Kinabalu: Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun assured the public that the State’ s Covid-19 situation is under control, despite the sharp rise and fall of cases of late which raised concern among the public. 

“The current Covid-19 situation in Sabah is stable. The sudden fluctuation of the daily caseload is greatly influenced by the emergence of new clusters over time. 

“But whatever the figures are, the consistent statistic is that over 98 per cent of all new cases are in categories one and two. 

“Vaccination has significantly reduced the number of serious Covid-19 infections and this has significantly reduced the number of patients who need to be hospitalised for treatment,” he sai Friday. 

Sabah’s cases fell below the 200 mark with 176 cases on Friday from 256 the day earlier, while three deaths were recorded – two in Keningau and one in Beaufort. 

He said Kota Kinabalu topped the list with 41 cases, followed by Penampang (19), Papar (15), Tuaran (15), Beaufort (13), Sandakan (12), Kota Marudu (11) and Ranau (8). 

“Only 11 cases are from active clusters, namely seven from the Jalan Pertukangan Cluster in Sandakan and four from the Puri Cluster in Ranau, which influences Sabah’s lower caseload on Friday. 

“There are no new cases in Kalabakan, Nabawan, Kunak, Telupid, Beluran and Semporna,” he said, adding that of the caseload, 82 were close contacts while 66 were sporadic infections. 

Masidi said 172 out of 176 cases were category one and two infections that do not require hospital treatment, while two cases are in category three and one each in category four and five. 

Some 216 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from the hospital while 670 patients are currently receiving treatment at hospitals, low-risk quarantine and treatment centres (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centres and private facilities.

Masidi said 24 patients are under critical care with 19 in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)/repurposed critical care and five in the open ward while seven patients needed ventilator support.

On Sabah’s immunisation programme, Masidi said 9,443 individuals were vaccinated on Jan 20, of which 9,352 were adults and 91 were teenagers. 

“Some 2,453,340 individuals have completed their first dose, of which 76.72 per cent were adults. Some 2,409,103 individuals have completed both doses of the vaccine, of which 76.01 per cent were adults. 

 He added that 337,095 teenagers have received their first dose, whereas 312,512 teenagers have been fully vaccinated thus far, which is 72.01 per cent of the teenage population.

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