Kenduri Triggers New Covid-19 Cluster in Rural Sabah

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KOTA KINABALU: A thanksgiving kenduri turned out to be a disaster for people in the remote Sabah village of Kampung Pukak-Tuaran today, with a new cluster leaving at least 17 people infected.

State local government and housing minister Masidi Manjun said the index case was a 47-year-old man who was at the function on July 3, which was also attended by close relatives and visitors from nearby villages.

He said the man developed symptoms such as fever, cough and flu on July 7 before a test two days later showed that he was infected.

“From the 55 close contacts screened, 16 were found positive, making 17 cumulative infections, including the nine new cases today,” he said in his daily Covid-19 statement.

He said that besides people of Kampung Pukak-Tuaran, those from Kampung Pinagon and the Telibong 1 water plant quarters nearby were also screened.

Masidi also said Sabah recorded another high number of infections, with 657 cases recorded in the last 24 hours, the fourth consecutive day infections are over 600 cases.

Most of the infections were detected through close contact screenings (199 cases) as well as testing in existing clusters (317 cases).

“A majority of the 317 cases are dominated by the Prisons cluster with 245 infections coming from the Tembok Kota Kinabalu cluster, which is the Kepayan prison (in the state capital) and the Tembok Tawau 2 cluster (Tawau prison),” he said.

He added that 387 patients, or 58.9%, of the cases today, were in Category 1 (asymptomatic) while 33.5%, or 220 patients were in Category 2 (light symptoms).

Masidi said only one patient had a Category 3 infection (those with pneumonia) while another was in Category 4 (pneumonia, requiring oxygen). He said 48 others were still awaiting category classification.

Sabah has a total of 88 localities under enhanced movement control order (EMCO) presently, with the highest in the state capital at 23.


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