Covid-19: Most cases in Sabah from Kepayan Prison Cluster, says Masidi

KOTA KINABALU: A third of Sabah’s latest Covid-19 cases are from the Kepayan Prison cluster, said Datuk Masidi Manjun (pic).

The state minister for Covid-19 affairs said that out of the additional 673 cases recorded on Oct 20, a total of 231 are from the Prison cluster.

He said the rest of the positive cases are from new as well as backlog test samples.

“This number brings the total cumulative cases to 8,755 as of Oct 20, ” Masidi said on Tuesday (Oct 20) during the daily Covid-19 update press conference.

From these new cases, a total of 289 are from Kota Kinabalu (including 231 from the Prison cluster), 130 Tawau, Semporna 63, Sandakan 52, Lahad Datu 28, Kunak 24, Kudat 15, Kota Belud 10, Putatan (9) Papar (9) Ranau and Beaufort eight respectively, Tuaran and Penampang seven cases, Tambunan four, Keningau and Kinabatangan three respectively, and one each in Kuala Penyu, Sipitang, Kota Marudu and Telupid.

Asked if the state has enough manpower or the capability to test all these samples, he said there shouldn’t be a problem seeing that there is help - including from private labs - and added that hospitals that have been employed to assist.

Masidi said as the state reminds everyone to strictly adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) the authorities were also doing their part by sanitising areas that are frequented by people such as hospitals, business premises and so on.

“Today, a total of 88 disinfecting exercises have been conducted at hotspots and people-centred locations state-wide, ” he said.

On other matters, he said the state government will draw up special SOPs for non-governmental organisations, companies and individuals who carry out food distribution and other charity programmes during this period.

Masidi thanked all those who have come forward to contribute to the needy and the community but stressed the need for strict adherence to SOPs to contain the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

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