Sabah to decide if it will allow interstate travel

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah, with only 65% of its adult population fully vaccinated, will decide on Wednesday whether it will adopt the Federal Government’s lifting of the interstate travel ban, says state Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic).

He said that state Covid-19 management committee would deliberate on the decision of the Federal Government and submit its recommendations to state Cabinet when it meets on Wednesday.

“The Sabah Cabinet will make the decision,” he said following the Federal Government’s move to allow interstate travel with the 90% of the nation’s adult population having been vaccinated.

“We will take into account the percentage of the adult population in Sabah who have completed their vaccination, which has not reached 90%, and the conditions set by the Federal Government to allow interstate travel.”

Masidi said Sabah currently allowed inter-district travel within its five zones, while those districts that have failed to cross the threshold of having 60% of their adult population fully vaccinated remain isolated, where travelling in or out of such districts is not allowed.

Sabah’s vaccination drive remains behind the rest of the country with seven districts having failed to cross the 60% target by Oct 1.

State officials have said that they were sending out more teams to push vaccinations, not only in rural and far-flung areas but also to urban areas in Sandakan and Tawau.

Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced that interstate travel would be allowed.

Meanwhile, although Sabah lags behind in its adult vaccination drive, the state continues to record fewer daily new cases of Covid-19.

Masidi said it recorded 562 new cases yesterday, a significant decrease of 199 cases from the day before.

He added that it was the lowest figure recorded since July 24.

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