Health DG: Those visiting ‘red zones’ should be tested


  • Nation
  • Friday, 25 Sep 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Health Ministry has called on all those involved in the Sabah polls to strictly adhere to the Covid-19 guidelines and prevent the spread of the disease.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said those who visited the “red zones” in four districts in the state should undergo a test as a precaution.

“If you have no business outside, it is advisable to stay at home.

“The National Security Council and the Election Commission have developed a standard operating procedure (SOP) for campaigning and voting activities there.

“If you have symptoms after visiting a red zone, it is mandatory to take a Covid-19 test at the nearest health facility.

“Those who are asymptomatic but who have been to a red zone are also encouraged to take a test and undergo self-quarantine.

“This is to protect your family, friends and the community, ” he said in a statement.

Yesterday, out of the 71 new cases, 63 were detected in Sabah.

Four of the country’s five red zones are in Sabah – Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna.

The other is Kota Setar, Kedah.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Covid-19 infectivity rate had gone up in both Sabah and Kedah and that the authorities would need to do more to break transmission in the community.

Of the few clusters recording new cases, he said the Bangau-Bangau cluster in Semporna saw the highest increase with 47, bringing its total to 60.

This was followed by the Laut cluster in Kunak, which recorded 10 new cases.

The Sungai cluster in Kedah has four new cases, while the country’s largest and most active cluster, the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster, has reported a new case.

Two imported cases were from Singapore and Indonesia.

In the same 24-hour span, Malaysia discharged 64 patients with no new fatalities.

Cumulatively, the country’s total cases since the outbreak stood at 10,576. Currently, six people are being treated in intensive care units, with two requiring ventilator support.

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