• Ilona Andrew

Covid-19: Sabah's daily cases hit 1,066, highest this year


30 July 2021

By Ilona Andrew


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s daily Covid-19 cases jumped to an all-time high of 1,066 today, from 776 yesterday, pushing the cumulative total of statewide infections to 83,686.


Sabah's official Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Masidi Manjun said 640 or 60 per cent of the new cases were detected through close contact screening with Kota Kinabalu reporting the highest number at 125.


"The upward trend among close contacts shows that there is a high possibility of non-compliance of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).


"Meanwhile, there are 345 sporadic cases (Category 1) while 485 cases are of those with mid symptoms (Category 2). This makes up 77.86 per cent of the cumulative cases," he said in a statement today.


According to Masidi, a total of 157 cases each were detected through cluster and symptomatic screenings, while 51 cases were through targeted screening and the rest from other categories.


Kota Kinabalu recorded the highest number of cases with 206, followed by Tawau with 171. The other districts recorded two-digit cases and only three districts reported zero cases, namely Telupid, Nabawan and Pitas.


"A total of 545 discharges were recorded today, bringing the cumulative total of recovery in Sabah to 76,450.


"The number of active cases now stands at 3,984 with 3,123 being treated in quarantine centres, 821 at hospitals, and the rest at the temporary detention centres or prison.


"There are 91 patients that are currently receiving treatment in the intensive care unit (ICU) with 27 of them requiring ventilator support," he said.


Unfortunately, the death toll continues to rise with three six more fatalities reported in the state today - three in Beaufort and one each in Sandakan, Kudat and Penampang.