Covid-19: Sabah to treat all deaths outside hospitals as Covid-19 related until proven otherwise

KOTA KINABALU: Any deaths outside hospital facilities in Sabah are to be treated as Covid-19 related, until proven otherwise through PCR/RTK-AG tests, according to the new standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the state government.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said the revised SOP as of Wednesday (June 16) under the lockdown, also required all deaths outside hospitals to be reported to the nearest police station, which then needed to be forwarded to the district health office.

“All remains must be brought to the hospital morgue by the Health Ministry’s team with the assistance of police for Covid-19 tests.

“Those found positive will be handled based on existing guidelines,” he said in the daily statement to update Covid-19 developments in Sabah.

Sabah recorded 184 new cases on Wednesday, with one new cluster dubbed Kionsom Kecil recorded at the capital.

The cluster is attributed to community transmission during the Kaamatan celebration on May 31.

“The index case is a 31-year-old man who works at Jijiko Engineering Sdn Bhd in Inanam, and was tested positive during a screening on June 9.

“The cumulative cases stood at 40, where 34 samples from close contacts are still awaiting results,” he said.

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