As Covid-19 cases rise, local authorities in Sabah told to review ruling on markets and stalls

KOTA KINABALU: The local authorities will be asked to review their ruling for market activities and stall operations in their respective areas as Covid-19 cases are on an uptrend again in Sabah.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said there is an urgent need to curb the further spread of Covid-19 in Sabah.

"All local authorities are hence required to review the activities of night markets, general markets, weekly markets or tamu, stalls and related operations," he said

The state government has already decided to disallow Ramadan bazaars this year following the recent unstable caseload and new clusters emerging.

Masidi said this in his statement on the state's daily Covid-19 update on Thursday (April 15).

Sabah logged 202 new cases and four new clusters on Thursday (April 15).

The clusters include "Biah Skim" in Keningau district with 10 cases, and "Lorong Megah Jaya" in Sandakan involving 18 cases.

The index case from the Keningau cluster attended a ceremony for a relative's death on March 29 at Kampung Biah Skim.

The Sandakan cluster involved the virus spreading in a workers' lodging from the index case who works with a medical centre.

The third cluster is "Jalan Labuk 3", also in Sandakan, involving a boarding school and has recorded 15 cases.

"The index case was a secondary school student who tested positive on April 7. Following that, 10 other students in the hostel tested positive while four cases were detected among the household of the index case," said Masidi.

"Melangkap Tomis" cluster in Kota Belud, meanwhile, also spread to neighbouring Tuaran district with 10 cases recorded.

"The index case is believed to have been infected from among the 178 guests during an engagement ceremony at Kampung Melangkap Tomis on March 30," Masidi added.

Sabah has the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases among the states in the country, with 56,367 recorded so far. The number shot up exponentially after the state election in September last year.

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