PETALING JAYA: Sabah has recorded more than one-third of all Covid-19 cases in the country, as the number of cases in Malaysia breached the 20,000 mark on Sunday (Oct 18).
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said a total of 7,439 cumulative cases, or 36.3% of the country’s overall cases have been recorded in Sabah, with 702 new cases reported on Sunday.
“The surge in the number of cases is because of the high number of samples from Sabah that were sent to the Institute for Medical Research (IMR), ” he said during a daily press briefing on the Covid-19 situation.
He said there was a backlog in the number of tests, but it has been cleared.
Dr Noor Hisham said that the ministry had conducted a total of 251,030 Covid-19 tests on individuals in Sabah, with the infectivity rate at 2.96%.
Dr Noor Hisham said they were increasing the capacity of testing, as well as treating patients in the state.
Currently, Sabah is capable of conducting about 2,600 reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests daily.
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