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Covid-19: Close contacts still major contributor to Sabah's high daily cases


14 Aug 2021

By Wartawan Nabalu News


KOTA KINABALU: Close contacts remain the major contributor to Sabah's Covid-19 caseload where more than 61 per cent or 1,063 of the total cases (1,752) were detected through close contact screening, said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.


Masidi who is also the Covid-19 spokesperson for Sabah stated that the number today has pushed the cumulative total of statewide infections to 103,437.


“The worrying trend of cases stemmed from close contact screening which serves as a reminder to all people to continue observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs), especially in crowded areas such as in supermarkets and restaurants.


“Therefore it is important that workers and customers in supermarkets as well as restaurants to get their second dose Covid-19 vaccination, one month from now, to reduce the risk of sporadic infection,” he said in a statement today.


Meanwhile, Masidi also mentioned that 972 or 55.5 per cent of the total cases either had mild or no symptoms at all.


He stated that a total of 847 discharges were recorded today, bringing the cumulative total of recoveries to 86,976.


The number of active cases now stands at 5,168 with 4,007 patients being treated in quarantine centres, 1,123 at hospitals, and the rest in temporary detention centres.


"To date, there are 135 patients currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit with 57 of them ventilated,” he added.


Unfortunately, 10 more Covid-19 fatalities were reported today with five in Kota Kinabalu, four in Tawau, and one in Keninga