KOTA KINABALU: An official website to check on Covid-19 status and cases in Sabah - Covid19.Sabah.digital - is available and can be accessed by the public.
State Health and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk Frankie Poon said the website is operated by the Sabah Disaster Management Committee Command Centre.
He explained that the Command Centre is among the few authorities that is allowed to release information with regard to Covid-19 in Sabah.
“As such, I have not made any statements as everything has been under the control of the Command Centre,” he said.
Poon said this crisis is unprecedented and everyone should stay calm, speak only when necessary and not mislead others and avoid confusion with unverified information.
He said the Command Centre is working round-the-clock to handle the situation and to provide as much information as it can.
He said apart from the website and command centre, there are three other authorities in the country that the public can get reliable information from, as they are authorised to speak,
“They are the Prime Minister, the federal Health Minister and the Health Director-General,” Poon said.
“In Sabah, Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi is authorised to disseminate information on behalf of the state government on television and radio with regard to Covid-19 matters,” he said.
He reminded the public to stay home and practise proper hygiene and safety precautions when they are outside.
Poon said if less people go out, there is less demand or use of personal protective equipment (PPE), thus there will be more for those who really need it, such as those in the frontlines, including medical officials.
He explained that due to the global pandemic, PPE supplies were slow to restock.
He said though the government is able to afford restocking these materials for its frontliners, anyone who wished to contribute was most welcome.
Poon said there are a total of 28 quarantine centres statewide.
On food supply matters, he said there was no need to worry about a shortage.
Essential food and gas services are opened from 6am to 2pm daily (for general markets and petrol stations), and 6am to 6pm for supermarkets, sundries, restaurants and fast-food or drive-through outlets.
Poon reminded the public to obey the MCO and practise social distancing as well as personal hygiene and to visit the Covid19.Sabah.digital website if they want more information on Covid-19.