KOTA KINABALU: Anyone who has symptoms of Covid-19 or were in close contact with positive cases are urged to go for tests at any hospital or clinic immediately.
Minister in charge of Covid-19 matters in Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun (pic), said this was needed to stop the spread of the disease in the state as soon as possible.
He said so far, many have been traced and tested positive due to the aggressive contact tracing efforts by state authorities.
"Our numbers are high and they have been increasing daily but there is no need to panic," he said.
Sabah recorded an increase of 451 cases on Oct 17, with four new deaths and a new cluster.
This brings the total cumulative cases for Sabah to 6,737, with 4,086 still being treated.
"We are getting these numbers due to the extensive contact tracing and testing of suspected patients from all the 11 red zones statewide," Masidi said.
The red zones are Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna, Kunak, Tuaran, Penampang, Putatan, Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Papar and Kota Belud.
Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi also urged those from red zones and those who had close contact with Covid-19 positive patients to quarantine themselves while awaiting tests.
"You might be carrying the virus and could spread it to someone else," she said in a statement.
She said everyone must remain vigilant and no one can afford to lay down their guard.
"We must win this war. Let us break the chain of Covid-19 together," Dr Rundi said.
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