KOTA KINABALU: Three more quarantine and low- risk centres (PKRC) have been opened in Sabah to accommodate increased Covid-19 patients.
The additional PKRC was opened in Kota Kinabalu, Tuaran, and Tenom districts.
With the setting up of the new centres, Sabah now has 34 PKRC – 20 centres in the west coast and 14 in the east coast.
State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, in a press conference, said one of the centres was located at the Kepayan Prison Complex.
He said the centre, with 120-bed capacity, was to accommodate inmates, who had been infected with the coronavirus.
Two other PKRC were located at Dewan Jabatan Sukarelawan Malaysia (Tuaran) with 60 beds, and Dewan Masyarakat (Tenom) with 48 beds.
When asked the need to open PKRC in Tenom as the district recorded only small cases, Masidi said the Tenom PKRC would function as a regional centre to also accommodate patients from nearby districts like Keningau and Tambunan.
Today, Sabah recorded 370 cases and seven deaths. The deaths were recorded in Sandakan (3), Kota Kinabalu (2), Tuaran (1), and Tawau (1).
A total of 967 patients were also discharged today, while 2,992 others are still receiving treatment – 753 in hospital and 2,239 in PKRC.
Masidi also said 68 patients were placed in the intensive care unit, with 20 of them on ventilator support.
To a question whether Sabah would relaxed standard operating procedures following a drop in Covid-19 cases, he said the matter would be deliberated.
“At the moment, it is still being discussed. We are at a monitoring stage and we will take into account the status of the current condition.
“Perhaps in two or three days, there will be an announcement if the SOP will be relaxed,” he said, adding the Health Ministry strategy to flatten infection curve seems to work.
He also took note of the people’s concern over possible enhanced movement control order (EMCO) being implemented statewide but stressed it was only an option.
“The idea of EMCO is being toyed with. I’m not saying it’s s going to be implemented (all over Sabah). It’s an option.
“When looking at the number (of cases) and if it’s high, we are looking at a stronger option (to control spread) and the EMCO is.
“But the number has dropped and we believe the current strategy is working. We should give reasonable time for them (Health Ministry) to work and we take it from there,” he said.