The state Local Government and Housing Minister said this spike showed that many were still not observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) properly.
Masidi, who is also the state's Covid-19 spokesman, said 383 cases, or 53.8% of the total, were detected among close contacts of Covid-19 patients, an indication that many have become carriers of the coronavirus and may continue infecting others.
"All districts in Sabah recorded new cases today, with Kota Kinabalu the highest at 161 cases followed by Sandakan (98)," he said on Saturday (July 24).
Two new clusters were also reported - Nosoob Baru in Penampang and Jalan Mat Salleh in the state capital involving Rumah Persekutuan - which houses several federal government departments.
“We are now in the National Recovery Plan (NRP), which might make some community members more relaxed when it comes to adhering to movement restrictions such as staying at home unless necessary, due to the perception that we are in a recovery phase.
“However, the community must continue following all protocols and only move about when absolutely necessary,” Masidi said.