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Here’s An Update On Covid-19 Clusters In Sabah And Information On Travelling To The State

Here’s An Update On Covid-19 Clusters In Sabah And Information On Travelling To The State

Sabah has eight active Covid-19 clusters right now.

Tasneem Nazari

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Sabah is just two days away from the upcoming elections. As we get closer to the date, more and more Covid-19 cases seem to be popping up.

Yesterday, another Covid-19 cluster was discovered in Tawau, bringing the total number of active clusters in Sabah to eight. The latest one has been named the Udin cluster.

According to Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, the Udin cluster’s index patient is a 72-year-old woman who tested positive on 12 September during a routine screening for senior citizens at the Merotai health clinic.

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Following that, contact tracing was carried out and two more Covid-19 cases were detected on Tuesday (22 September).

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via The Star

Dr Noor Hisham explained that the Ministry of Health is still investigating the course of transmission in this cluster. 

Both positive cases found through contact tracing involve Filipinos. While both are asymptomatic, they have been admitted to the Tawau hospital for treatment.

Since then, a total of 128 people in this cluster have been screened. Out of the total, three tested positive, 71 individuals tested negative, and the remaining 54 individuals are still awaiting their test results.

Yesterday (23 September), Malaysia recorded 147 new positive cases nationwide. Out of that total, 134 were reported to be from Sabah. From the 134 new Sabah cases, 105 were from the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster.

The total number of cases in the Benteng Lahad Datu cluster is now 729 individuals. Whereby, 414 are Malaysians, 202 are Filipinos, and 113 are Indonesians.

Meanwhile, eight new cases were reported in the Bangau-Bangau cluster in Semporna. This brings the total number of positive cases in this cluster to 15.

The Laut cluster in Semporna also recorded eight new cases, bringing the total number to 12, all are Filipinos.

Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah via The Star

The Pulau cluster in Kunak recorded two new positive cases, bringing the total number of cases in this cluster to 37.

For Malaysians interested in travelling to and from Sabah, at the time of writing, there are no travel restrictions in place. Though, travellers will be required to fill in a mandatory health declaration form before entering the East Malaysian state.

If you were planning on climbing Mount Kinabalu, the park recently announced that they will be closing their doors for two weeks until 8 October 2020.

Meanwhile, those travelling from Sabah to other parts of Malaysia will not have to undergo a mandatory quarantine. Though you will have to do a swab test upon arrival if you have any Covid-19 symptoms.

For more information on Covid-19 safety measures involving travel to and from Sabah, visit Sabah’s Tourism website.

For information on Covid-19 safety measures for other Malaysian states, Malaysia Airlines has an informative advisory on their website.


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