Sabahans cautioned to follow Covid-19 SOPs as they head to the polls

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 15 Sep 2020

PETALING JAYA: As Sabahans prepare to go to the polls on Sept 26, the Health Ministry has reminded them to follow the guidelines to curb Covid-19 transmissions.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, who revealed that the effective reproduction number, or the Rt, in the state was at 1.70 as of Sept 13, cautioned Sabahans to be mindful.

The Rt is the number of people in a population who can become infected by an infectious person.

“We do have the standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the election but we encourage the public to comply with them.

“Try to avoid the 3Cs, which are crowded places, confined spaces and also close conversations.

“Put on a mask and practice frequent hand washing.

“If we do that, we can break the chain of transmission by 75%.

“Our frontliners must also comply with the clinical practice guidelines given to them, ” he said in a press conference Tuesday (Sept 15).

Dr Noor Hisham was answering a question on whether it was safe to hold a state election in Sabah, amid clusters emerging in the state and Sabah having a high Rt.

Earlier, he had said that the Rt for Sabah was very high on Sept 8, climbing to 3.72, even higher than Kedah, which had an Rt of 2.63 on the same date.

“Due to public health intervention, the Rt for both states managed to be decreased.

“On Sept 13, the Rt for Sabah was 1.70, which was almost the same as the Rt for Kedah on the same date, which was at 1.58.

“However, the value stands at more than 1.0 for both states and this affects the country’s Rt, ” he said.

There are currently three active clusters in Sabah, namely the Benteng Lahad Datu, Laut and Pulau clusters.

In Kedah, there are four active clusters, which are the Tawar, Sungai, Telaga and Sala clusters.

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