Masidi: No plan to carry out mass Covid-19 testing in Sabah


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  • Saturday, 24 Oct 2020

KOTA KINABALU: There is no plan to carry out mass Covid-19 testing among Sabahans, says Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic).

The Sabah government's Covid-19 spokesman said that the focus of testing would remain on contact tracing and high-risk communities, adding that these include those showing symptoms and the elderly.

Masidi added that other high-risk communities were those with a medical history of diabetes and hypertension, among others.

He said they were also carrying mandatory swab tests on those returning to the state, patients going for treatment at hospitals, suspects arrested, prisoners and also in cases where deaths occurred at home.

Masidi added that Sabah recorded 889 new cases and six deaths on Saturday (Oct 24), bringing the total cumulative cases to 11,285 with 6,287 active cases and 4,908 recoveries.

Masidi said that the highest number of cases were in Kota Kinabalu with 557, with 432 involving the Kepayan Prison cluster, adding that the cluster reflected 79% of the new cases in the state capital.

He also said that tests were carried out on prisoners before they were allowed into the prisons in Kota Kinabalu, Sandakan, Tawau and Lahad Datu.

Masidi also confirmed that five officers at the Papar illegal immigrant detention centre tested positive for Covid-19 and added that the health authorities have carried out swab tests on 33 illegal immigrants at the centre and are awaiting the test results.

He added that 1,085 cases were detected in squatter areas in Semporna and 267 cases in squatter areas in Kota Kinabalu.

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