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Covid-19: Sabah records 1,166 new cases, three deaths


2 August 2021 By Wartawan Nabalu News KOTA KINABALU: The number of Covid-19 cases in Sabah has increased to 1,166 cases today compared to yesterday's 1,002. In a statement today, Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said that in the past few days, Sabah daily cases have continuously recorded more than one thousand cases. The caseload today pushes the cumulative total to 86,889. "Close contact screening continues to record the highest number of positive cases with (674) which is more than 50 per cent of the total daily cases. "This was followed by symptomatic screening (171), cluster screening with (147), targeted screening (134), and other categories (40). "Unfortunately, the high number of close contact screening shows that a lot of people have been infected with the virus. "Therefore, lockdown is not effective to curb the infection anymore," he said, adding that the only solution is to ramp up the vaccination programme so that herd immunity can be achieved. Of the total cases, Kota Kinabalu still recorded the highest number with (234) cases, followed by Penampang (123), Tawau (106), Beaufort (84), Tuaran (83), Papar (73), Kunak (68), Sandakan (61), Keningau (59), Tenom (41), Ranau (40) and Telupid (38). The Covid-19 official spokesperson of Sabah also mentioned that 70.29 per cent of the total cases had either mild or no symptoms at all. Meanwhile, Masidi said a total of 580 discharges were recorded today, bringing the cumulative total of recoveries to 78,093. The number of active cases now stands at 4,404 with 3,454 patients being treated in quarantine centres, 899 at hospitals, and the rest in temporary detention centres. "To date, there are 113 patients currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit with 31 of them ventilated "However, three deaths related to the virus were reported today in Kota Kinabalu," he added.