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Covid-19: 1,002 new cases, seven fatalities recorded in Sabah


1 Aug 2021

By Wartawan Nabalu News


KOTA KINABALU: The number of Covid-19 cases in Sabah remains high with 1,002 cases recorded today, pushing the tally to 85,723.


Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said Sabah also continues to record Covid-19 fatalities with two deaths reported in Penampang today as well as one death each in Beluran, Papar, Semporna, Kinabatangan and Kota Kinabalu.


"We are stepping into a new month (August) with caseload still at four digits. Today, all districts in Sabah reported new Covid-19 cases.


"Kota Kinabalu and Tawau recorded the highest number of cases with 171 each within 24 hours," he said in a press statement issued today.


According to Masidi, close contacts still contribute the most to the caseload with 591 cases or 59 per cent of the total.


"Almost 63 per cent of the new cases in Kota Kinabalu, 70 per cent in Tawau, 67 per cent in Penampang and 62 per cent in Sipitang are identified as close contacts,


"This data shows that the spread of Covid-19 is wider among the communities. This is further reinforced by the high percentage of symptomatic cases which is 18.36 per cent (184 cases).


"The infection in this category is sporadic cases and the cause of infection is not known. Meanwhile, 133 cases of the total are identified through cluster screening and 5 cases are through targeted screening," he stated.


The Covid-19 official spokesperson of Sabah also mentioned that 72.45 per cent of the total cases had either mild or no symptoms at all.


Meanwhile, Masidi said a total of 578 discharges were recorded today, bringing the cumulative total of recoveries to 77,513.


The number of active cases now stands at 4,263 with 3,361 patients being treated in quarantine centres, 862 at hospitals, and the rest in temporary detention centres.


"To date, there are 100 patients currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit with 28 of them ventilated," he added.