Covid-19: Close contact triggering community spread in Sabah, says Masidi

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah recorded 1,035 Covid-19 cases on Saturday (July 31) amid growing "close contact" spread among the community.

The four-digit figures were recorded for the second day after the state recorded 1,066 cases on Friday (July 30), its highest this year.

State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun reiterated his call to the public to strictly adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs).

He said close contact made up 48% (497) of the cases, while 18.5% came from the existing clusters and 24.3% of the cases stemmed from symptomatic screening.

"It is clear that Covid-19 is spreading within the community and occurring sporadically," he said, adding that many of those infected did not know where or how they caught the virus.

The state capital recorded 212 cases, east coast Tawau districts saw 139 cases while other districts recording higher than 30 cases were Tuaran (72), Telupid (71), Kota Marudu (70), Penampang (67), Sandakan (52), Keningau (49), Beaufort (45), Papar (42), Beluran (35), Sipitang (33) and Kinabatangan (33).

Two new community clusters were also recorded - Gambaron Dua (Telupid) and Jalan Corak (Tongod).

Masidi also noted that 115 cases were from Immigration detainees in Tawau and Kota Kinabalu prison.

"Enforcement and monitoring will continue to ensure people observe SOPs, while the state is also making efforts to speed up the vaccination drive by increasing its daily capacity," he added.

On Friday, Masidi disclosed that the state government has allowed companies and industries to purchase Covid-19 vaccines - Pfizer BioNTech, Sinovac and AstraZeneca - directly to expedite inoculations of their employees.

They would also be allowed to carry out the vaccinations at their workplaces as part of efforts to speed up the immunisation programme.

He also assured that the government did not have any plans for "total" lockdown as it was not viable and crippling to the economy.

He said the government wanted to balance between lives and livelihoods as it tackles the latest spike in Covid-19 cases.

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