Covid-19: Close contact still the main cause of transmission in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU: Close contact cases are the highest contributor for Covid-19 cases in Sabah, accounting for 59% or 591 from the total of 1,002 on Sunday (Aug 1), says Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

The state Local Government and Housing Minister said 63% of the 171 cases in Kota Kinabalu were close contacts, while Tawau's 171 cases recorded 70% from this category.

"Close contact cases contributed to 67% in Penampang's 100 cases and 62% in Sipitang's 90 cases.

"This data showed that Covid-19 infection is spreading among the community," he said on Sunday.

He added that a high percentage (18.4% or 184) of the cases were symptomatic and also sporadic, where the cause of infection had not been determined.

Cluster-related cases accounted for 13.3% (133 cases), while targeted screenings detected 5.5% or 55 cases.

Masidi said two new clusters were also reported, namely the Tembidong Bidong cluster in Telupid/Beluran and Jln Patikang Ulu cluster in Keningau.

"Based on field data, we need total compliance of standard operating procedures (SOP), where self-discipline is vital besides full vaccination in order to avoid infection.

"The Sabah Health Department continues to increase the vaccination rate every day, with 43,792 vaccine doses administered state-wide on Saturday (July 31).

"We will continue to improve this until we reach 50,000 daily doses," he stressed, adding that maximum immunisation capacity and continuous vaccine supply would ensure Sabah reach herd immunity sooner.

Masidi said there were active inquiries from the private sector, which is now allowed to purchase vaccines.

"We would like to brief them on the proposal and make sure vaccines are easily available before take-off," he said.

He also said Sabah only managed to increase the supply of incoming vaccines in the middle of July, which was why the Health Department vaccination capacity was around 12,000 a day previously.

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