Bung Moktar: Curbing virus our top priority

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s newly minted Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (pic) says they are hoping a lockdown in Kota Kinabalu can be prevented as long as the Covid-19 cases do not increase drastically.

Bung Moktar, who is also State Public Works Minister, was speaking to reporters after clocking in on his first day at the ministry’s office.

He said mitigating the pandemic in Sabah remained the top priority for the new state administration.

“The Kota Kinabalu area is becoming a red zone. There’s even a proposed lockdown for the whole of KK, so our big challenge is Covid-19.

“Hopefully, it will not spread to other districts and it can be managed and under control, ” he said yesterday.

At present, the targeted enhanced movement control order (MCO) is being enforced at four districts in Sabah’s east coast, namely Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna.

As of Tuesday, the Kota Kinabalu district recorded six new cases, bringing the total to 98 cases.

Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi explained that the state capital was still a yellow zone.

“We use the period of 14 days, meaning the number of cases over a period of 14 days. This period is different every day.

“So, if over the past 14 days we have between one and 40 cases, the zone is yellow. If more than 40, then it becomes a red zone.

“Looking at the numbers for KK, it is red because of cumulative cases, meaning the number of cases from day one of pandemic.

“But yellow for total number of new cases over 14 days, ” she said, adding that it was the same case with Sandakan, which is a yellow zone.

As of Tuesday’s statistics, there are 925 positive cases being treated throughout Sabah.

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