Covid-19 cases spiked in Sabah due to lack of awareness

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PUTRAJAYA OCT.21:- The lack of awareness about COVID-19 infections and the differences in education level amongst the Sabahans are some of the challenges faced by the medical front liners in conducting contact tracing and public health intervention in the state.

Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah said, the awareness amongst the Sabahans are a bit lower compared to the people in the Peninsular as some of them have to be forced to go to the hospital by the medical staff and some chose to run away from being checked.

“The police and the military should work closely with the medical staff for security reasons as we had received feedback from the doctors and frontline workers for example when they were at Kampung Ayer,” said Dr. Noor Hisham at a press conference held here today.

Dr. Noor Hisham was responding to a question of what were the challenges faced by the front liners in Sabah as the state had continuously recording the highest new COVID-19 cases since the past week.

He added since the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) had been imposed on many areas and states, the R naught that started with 2.2 (infectivity level) but has shown positive result in Sabah with 1.3 today compared to 1.5 last Friday, Selangor 1.4 and Kedah 0.4 including the prisons.

Meanwhile Sabah has recorded 535 (73.1%) out of 732 new COVID-19 cases today and this contributes to the cumulative total of 22,957 with 7,827active, cases.

From the new cases, Dr. Noor Hisham said, eight cases were imported out of which two were non-citizens and six involving Malaysians. They came back from from Singapore (3), Nepal (1), UAE (1), USA (1), United Kingdom (1) and France (1).

“From the new cases, three had a travel history from Sabah and this has contributed to 454 COVID-19 cases since 20th September 2020,” said Dr. Noor Hisham.

However 580 patients had been discharged bringing the cumulative total to 14,931 or 65% while 102 had been admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU), with 31 needed respiratory aids and six were recorded dead bringing the death toll to 199 (0.87%).

The states that record new cases today include Sabah (535), Selangor (114), Kuala Lumpur (20), Penang (12) Negeri Sembilan, (9), Labuan (7), Kedah (7), Putrajaya (6), Melaka (3), Kelantan (1), Pahang (1).

Eight new clusters had been formed today including Basung (Sabah), Inai (Sabah),Tempayan (Sabah), Long (Hulu Langat, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur), Cahaya (Petaling, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan), Bah Kota (Sepang, Selangor and Negeri Sembilan), Melati (Titiwangsa, Kuala Lumpur, Klang and Selangor) and Bina Labuan (Labuan). – Malaysia World News


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