• Ilona Andrew

Covid-19: Sabah records 46 deaths, 2,578 new cases


29 Aug 2021

By Ilona Andrew


KOTA KINABALU: A total of 46 Covid-19 deaths were reported in several districts today, making it the highest number of fatalities in Sabah so far.


Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun said 11 deaths were reported in Tawau while 10 deaths occured in Kota Kinabalu, nine in Sandakan, three each in Tuaran and Keningau, two each in Kinabatangan, Penampang and Kalabakan; and one each in Papar, Kudat, Putatan and Lahad Datu.


Meanwhile, a total of 2,578 new cases were registered, pushing the tally of statewide infections to 142,939.


"Tuaran district recorded an additional of 288 new cases today where 84 per cent of the total are among the close contacts, while Penampang saw a reduction of 268 cases with 41 per cent of them detected through symptomatic screening.


"Sixty-two per cent (1,605) of the total cases were detected among close contacts while 742 cases (28.78 per cent) were through symptomatic screening, 30 cases through (1.16 per cent) cluster screening, 22 cases (0.85 per cent) through targeted screening, and the rest are in other categories," he said in a statement today.


"A total of 2,356 cases involved the locals while the rest are non-locals," he added.


According to Masidi, a total of 1,722 discharges were recorded today, bringing the cumulative total of recoveries to 109,311.


The number of active cases now stands at 5,003 with 3,457 patients being treated in quarantine centres, 1,722 at hospitals, 50 in temporary detention centres, and nine in private facilities.


"To date, there are 214 patients currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit with 75 of them ventilated."