Covid-19: Sabah records 818 cases, highest in eight months

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's Covid-19 cases continued an upward trend, hitting 818 infections on Sunday (July 25).

The figure is the highest in eight months since the turnaround of the pandemic surge after laast September's state polls.

On Saturday (July 24), the state recorded 712 cases after a week of rising numbers that exceeded 400 cases daily.

State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said there was no need to panic because steps were being taken to control the situation.

"We are constantly evaluating our SOPs to ensure they remain relevant to the current situation. There would be changes if and when necessary.

"Every decision would have to be based on empirical data from the ground. The Health Department is evaluating its data and numbers daily so that we can make necessary adjustments to our strategies and respond to the rising number.

"But we should not panic. With more community infection, there is bound to be a sort of multiplier effect in the numbers," he added.

He said there was a need for wider and more effective contact tracing to bring infections to a halt.

Masidi said the key was to accelerate vaccination and the state was now getting its vaccine supplies on schedule.

"Yesterday, the Health Department administered 35,749 doses and will progressively increase to at least 50,000 doses daily.

"The community also needs to do its part by strictly observing all SOPS," he said, adding that for July, the state expects to receive a total of 1,086,760 doses.

On the 818 cases on Sunday, he said the main contributors were those who contracted the virus through close contact.

"A total of 364 cases or 44.4% are from close contact while 148 (18%) were screening from current clusters," he said, adding that the remainder came from other general screening.

Masidi said there were five new clusters: Jalan Tungku (Lahad Datu)-Gerbang Kauran (Keningau); Tinabau ( Kinabatangan); Kg Sogo-Sogo (Tongod); Gipan Kelombong (Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran); and Simpang Tiga Ranau (Ranau).

He said two involved workplace infections while the others involved community spread as well as social and religious activities.

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