Residents in 10 red zones to get food baskets from Sabah govt


KOTA KINABALU: The Chief Minister has announced that food baskets worth RM2mil will be given as immediate relief to the people in each of the 10 red zones in Sabah.

Datuk Hajiji Mohd Noor, who has been admitted for Covid-19, said the food baskets worth a total of RM20mil would be given to the red zones of Kota Kinabalu, Penampang, Putatan, Sandakan, Tuaran, Papar, Tawau, Semporna, Lahad Datu and Kunak.

“The money will be channelled via the respective district disaster management centres,” he said in a statement yesterday.

Hajiji, who was admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital here after testing positive for Covid-19, said various agencies, including the state Welfare Department, will be tasked with distributing the aid.

Sabah will also ban barter trade between southern Philippines and Indonesia from tomorrow as part of efforts to check the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

Hajiji said the measures were being taken following a three-digit increase in positive cases in the state since Oct 1.

As on Oct 9, Sabah has recorded 1,728 cases. It has also seen a total of 11 deaths since Thursday.

The state Covid-19 Disaster Management Committee has also extended the enhanced movement control order (MCO) at the Tawau prison and the prison quarters in Taman Ehsan, Tawau.

The enhanced MCO, said Hajiji, was also imposed in several hotspots in Semporna and Kunak.

The villages in Semporna included Kampung Pinggir Bakau, Kampung Simunul, Kampung Bangau-Bangau, Kampung Panji, Kampung Air and Kampung Selamat, while in Kunak, the affected places were Kampung Pangkalan, Kampung Bagiang and Kampung Kunak 3.

Late Friday night, Hajiji’s public relations officer Effendi Mohd Sunoh confirmed on social media that the Chief Minister was admitted to hospital after testing positive for Covid-19.

His condition was good and stable, said Effendi, adding that Hajiji would continue to carry out his duties via phone calls and teleconferencing while receiving treatment at the hospital.

Hajiji, who took over as Sabah’s 16th Chief Minister on Sept 29, is the state’s highest profile political leader to be infected by the virus.

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