No pause in Sabah outbreak


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Sep 2020

PUTRAJAYA: The Covid-19 outbreak in Sabah shows no sign of slowing down, with 97 out of 111 new cases in the country being from the state.

With the state going to the polls today, Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah has called on Sabahans to observe the Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP) at all times.

On top of that, Dr Noor Hisham said the virus found in Sabah’s Benteng Lahad Datu (LD) cluster was of the D614G mutation, which is said to be of a highly infectious strain.

“With this risk assessment, the ministry is urging the Sabah public to be more wary and raise their adherence towards the SOP that has been set, especially for the state elections.

“As it is in our Malaysian culture, the people should always remind one another to follow the SOP so we could protect each other from Covid-19.

“The ministry is encouraging everyone to go out and vote but please practise physical distancing and self-hygiene, and wear face masks at all times,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Lab studies by the ministry’s Institute of Medical Research found that the virus taken from the Benteng LD cluster was from the same D614G mutation that was detected in the Sivagangga, Tawar, Sungai and Bukit Tiram clusters.

Currently the country’s biggest and most active, the Benteng LD cluster – which originated from the Lahad Datu police lock-up and Tawau prison, on the east coast of Sabah – has recorded another 13 cases, bringing its tally to 743 infections.

The biggest increase yesterday was recorded by the Bangau-Bangau cluster in Semporna with 74 new infections. The cluster now has 134 cases.

The Laut cluster saw two more new cases while the other Sabah cases were detected from Covid-19 screenings in the state.

Two cases in Pahang and Selangor were both detected from individuals who had just returned from Sabah.

Malaysia’s cumulative total of cases since the outbreak began now stands at 10,687.

Thirty Covid-19 patients have been discharged, which means the total number of people who have recovered so far is 9,696 or a 90.7% recovery rate.

There are no new fatalities so the death toll remains at 133.

The number of active cases in the country is now 858.

Four people are under intensive care, with three of them requiring ventilator support.
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