COVID-19 CASES IN SABAH EXPECTED TO INCREASE - MASIDI
9 July 2021
By Wartawan Nabalu News
KOTA KINABALU: Health screening, especially targeted screening in all areas under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in the state is expected to result in an increase in Covid-19 positive cases within these few days.
However, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said this strategy enables the State Health Department to identify and manage the cause of the infection more effectively.
"The broader health screening strategy is also part of the strategic move to optimise large-scale vaccination programmes for the community, especially in July and August," he said in a press statement today.
Masidi added that the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Sabah today was due to existing Covid-19 clusters.
He said a total of 78 cases were recorded in Kota Kinabalu today with 42 cases identified through cluster screening, 23 through close contact screening and 13 through other screenings.
“Of the 42 cluster cases recorded, 37 cases were detected in the Agora Barat Cluster where the infection originated from Bataras Supermarket in 1Borneo, while three cases were identified in the Bahtera Barat Cluster, as well as one case each in the Lorong Berjaya Cluster and Tembok Kota Kinabalu Cluster.
"In Pitas, a total of 52 cases were recorded with 49 cases originating from the Tanjung Pitas Cluster and three more cases were detected through close contact screening," he stated.
Of the 49 cases from the Tanjung Pitas Cluster today, 42 cases were from Kg Naruntung, while five cases were from Kg. Tangui and three cases from Kg. Mangkubang Laut.
Meanwhile, Kudat recorded 36 cases with 31 cases detected through targeted screening and another five cases through close contact screening.
"Of the 31 targeted screening cases recorded, 19 cases were from Kg Perpaduan Ria, seven cases from Kg Landung Ayang and five cases from Kg Perpaduan Gumpa,” Masidi said.