More than 200 drivers told to turn back in Sabah


KOTA KINABALU: More than 200 drivers were ordered to turn back when they tried to cross district borders while 35 people were issued compounds for inter-district travel without a permit on the first day of Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Minister in charge of Covid-19 matters in Sabah Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said on Thursday the 218 drivers were from among 22,322 cars inspected over the past 24 hours.

“These checks are made at the 53 roadblocks statewide, ” he added.

He said the 35 were among 65 people compounded for various SOP violations, including not wearing face masks and not registering customers upon entry to premises.

Masidi also announced that there were 76 new Covid-19 cases with two deaths and a new cluster in Sabah on Thursday.

He said the deaths were recorded in Sandakan and Tawau while the new cluster – Kluster Kongsi Lapan – at Kampung 8, Tawau, originated from a 45-year-old woman who tested positive during a screening at the Tawau clinic on May 7.

The woman was believed to have contracted the virus either through a prayer session or when distributing Raya goodies throughout the fasting month.

A total of 56 individuals were asked to get tested for Covid-19. Ten were found to be positive while 34 were still awaiting their results.

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