Kota Kinabalu: Another cluster involving an education institute has been identified in Tambunan, named the “Jalan Kepayan Lama” cluster which has seen some 36 infections among hostel students. Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the index case is an 18-year-old student. of SMK Tambunan who had been showing symptoms since January 9. He tested positive on January 13 via a self-test, which was reconfirmed by RTK screening at a clinic the next day. “Covid-19 screenings on close contacts found another 35 students positive. All positive contacts have been separated for appropriate treatment,” he said on Sunday.
Sabah’s cases fell slightly to 213 on Sunday from 265 the day before, including 84% among fully vaccinated people. No deaths were recorded. Masidi said 16 received their boosters while 163 had completed both doses of the vaccine. 22 were not eligible for the vaccine while 12 were unvaccinated. He said 50 cases were sporadic infections while 110 were close contacts, indicating a lack of compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) within the community. On the number of cases, Kota Kinabalu tops the list with 47 cases, followed by Tambunan (36), Penampang (18), Tuaran (18), Putatan (15), Papar (14), Ranau (11) and Tawau (11). “Overall, Sabah’s daily workload has improved, with the exception of Tambunan which registered a new cluster. Kota Kinabalu recorded 47 new cases, a decrease of 23 cases from the previous day, but remains the highest daily contributor in Sabah. Tambunan became the second highest contributor thanks to the Jalan Kepayan Lama cluster,” he said.
Masidi said 209 of the 213 cases were category one and two infections, while four cases are category three. There are no category four and five infections. Some 108 Covid-19 patients have been discharged from hospital while 761 patients are currently being treated in hospitals, low-risk quarantine and treatment centers (PKRCs), prisons/temporary detention centers and private facilities. . Masidi said 32 patients were in intensive care, including 28 in the intensive care unit (ICU)/redirected intensive care unit and four in the open ward while nine patients required respiratory support. Regarding Sabah’s vaccination program, Masidi said 7,426 people had been vaccinated as of January 15, including 7,375 adults and 51 adolescents. “Some 2,452,510 people completed their first dose, of which 76.70% were adults. Some 2,408,124 people received both doses of the vaccine, 75.98% of whom were adults. He added that 336,904 teenagers received their first dose, while 312,289 teenagers have been fully vaccinated so far, or 71.96% of the teenage population. * Follow us on Instagram and join our Telegram and/or WhatsApp channels for the latest news you don’t want to miss.
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