Inter-district travel ban in Sabah to start earlier from May 24

Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. -filepic

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has decided to bring forward the inter-district travel ban, which was supposed to start on May 27, three days early due to the rising Covid-19 cases in the state.

Previously, the state government had announced that the ban would be in place ahead of the Kaamatan celebration from May 27 to June 3.

Sabah celebrates the culmination of the Kaamatan month or Harvest Festival on May 30 and 31.

At present, the movement ruling in Sabah allows travelling based on the zone system.

"The daily figure of Covid-19 cases in Sabah has been triple digits for three days; May 19 saw 160 new cases, May 20 recorded 245 cases and today, 144 cases were registered.

"Following this recent development, the state government has decided to carry out the inter-district travel ban on May 24 until June 7, which is subject to review when necessary," said State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun on Friday (May 21).

Like before, the ruling will see Kota Kinabalu and neighbouring Penampang and Putatan categorised as one district.

The restriction to travel into another district is aimed at controlling infections in areas flagged as red or orange categories, from entering green and yellow zone districts, added Masidi.

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