Masidi: Sabah expects a hike of Covid-19 cases from Rumah Merah cluster

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah expects to see a hike of Covid-19 cases from the temporary detention (Rumah Merah) cluster, in view of the number of samples taken there.

Minister in charge of Covid-19 affairs in Sabah, Datuk Masidi Manjun, said although there are no new deaths on Oct 31, the number of cases at the detention centre have increased in folds over the last few days.

“There are now a total of 111 positive cases from this cluster as of Oct 31, and we expect to see more over the next few days, as there are 10 blocks involving a total of 1,706 detainees to be tested, ” he said.

He said currently, only two blocks of detainees have had their samples taken for tests.

In this respect, Masidi said out of the total 529 new positive Covid-19 cases recorded to date, Kota Kinabalu remains the highest at 186 cases.

The second is Sandakan at 109, followed by Tawau (64), Penampang (36), Tuaran (36), Kudat (35), Papar (25), Putatan (10), Keningau (9), Lahad Datu (6), Tenom (4), Beaufort (3), Semporna and Kuala Penyu with two cases respectively and Kota Marudu and Kinabatangan with a case each.

“There are no new clusters today, while the bed occupancy for Covid-19 patients statewide is at 42.88%, ” he said.

Masidi said out of the 15,048 cumulative cases, a total of 3,393 are still being treated in hospitals, with 71 people in intensive care and 16 under ventilators.

On other related matters, he said the state has distributed a total of 111,442 food baskets to target groups to date.

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