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47% Of Covid-19 Cases In Sabah Infected From Asymptomatic Individuals

47% Of Covid-19 Cases In Sabah Infected From Asymptomatic Individuals

Tasneem Nazari

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Almost half of the Covid-19 patients in Sabah had close contact with an asymptomatic case.

According to Sabah health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi, 47% of Covid-19 cases in the state had been exposed to an asymptomatic individual during the early stages of infection there.

She added that the patients involved those aged between 1 and 72 years old with no chronic illnesses such as diabetes or hypertension.

Dr Christina also explained that of the 315 total positive cases reported in the state so far, 60 of them were sporadic cases detected from tests conducted on those who had just returned to Sabah and those identified through domestic-targeted screening.

About 12% of Covid-19 positive cases in Sabah are students.

Datuk Dr Christina Rundi

In this respect, Dr Christina announced that all students returning to Sabah will have to undergo quarantine before being allowed to return to their families to prevent further spread of Covid-19 infections.

She said that she was aware parents had complaints about the government’s decision to quarantine their children who are just only returning from their university campuses.

However, she highlighted that the most vulnerable groups are children, senior citizens, pregnant women, and those with chronic illnesses due to poor immune systems.

These groups are very different from the campus community which mostly composed of young people with strong immune system.

Datuk Dr Christina Rundi via The Sun Daily

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