KOTA KINABALU: The high number of Covid-19 cases recorded in Sabah at 526 on Tuesday (Jan 19) is attributed to mass screenings by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) at plantation mills, especially in the east coast.
“Today, no new clusters were reported," state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said in the daily updates of the Covid-19 situation in Sabah on Tuesday (Jan 19).
“But the increase in new positive cases is due to mass screenings actively conducted by Socso at present at (plantation) mills, in particular those in Sabah’s east coast," he added in his statement.
The plantations are Ladang Baturong in Kunak (73 cases), Ladang GNG in Kinabatangan (15) as well as Ladang Matamba (20) and Ladang dan Kilang Segamaha (43), both in Lahad Datu.
Cumulatively, the cases in this state now stand at 44,602 while patients who recovered number 40,133. No fatalities were recorded on Tuesday.
The movement control order has been imposed in Sabah from Jan 13 to 26, in a bid to get the rising numbers of Covid-19 cases under control.
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