Jeffrey Kitingan pleads with Sabahans to stay home to break Covid-19 chain


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan urges Sabahans not to leave their homes unless it was really necessary ahead of Pesta Kaamatan holidays beginning Sunday (May 30).

Jeffrey said it was important for the public to adhere to SOP and stay indoors in efforts to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The government is doing everything possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that the people can return to their normal lives.

“We are all eager to revive Sabah’s economy, but we can only do it if we are confident that the people’s lives are not in danger, ” he said after distributing food baskets and other essentials to villagers in Kg Durok in Keningau, which was placed under EMCO from Saturday (may 29) after the village recorded 68 Covid-19 positive cases.

Jeffrey pleaded with the people to cooperate with the government, maintain discipline and self-control and follow the SOP established by the Health Ministry.

He said the government, through the Keningau district office, will carry out the Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 programme in the village and continue to provide food aid for the 75 affected families in the village.

Jeffrey expressed concern that the number of cases in Sabah, including in the interior Keningau district, has not shown any sign of decreasing.

“There is no doubt that the full lockdown, which will begin on Tuesday (june 1), would further harm the economy. However, it is necessary to break the chain.

“The government will do its best to support and provide for the people at this time of need through the district offices, ” he said in urging Sabahans to register for the Covid-19 vaccination. The vaccine registration rate in Sabah was still too low at 17%.

“Village heads and MPKK can play a role in registering those under their care who do not know how to do it themselves. We have to reach herd immunity as fast as possible, ” he added.

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