Three new positive COVID-19 cases detected in Sabah

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Sabah recorded three new positive COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, with one case each in Lahad Datu, Papar and Penampang.

State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the new cases brings the cumulative number of COVID-19 cases in Sabah as of Tuesday to 392.

“The 390th case is a local boy from Papar who is a patient in need of prolonged follow-up treatment at the Women and Children’s Hospital before he was confirmed positive with COVID-19 after a high-risk screening.

“Case 391 is a local woman from Lahad Datu who received treatment at the Emergency and Trauma Department of Lahad Datu Hospital for fever before she was confirmed positive with COVID-19 during screening to the ward,” she said in a statement yesterday.

Dr Christina said the 392nd case is a local man from Penampang, who was confirmed positive with COVID-19 during screening for travellers from abroad and he had been admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Case 390 and case 391 are categorised as local infection while, case 392 is categorised as Import A case.

Meanwhile, Dr Christina said Hepatitis B was still a public health problem in Sabah.

She said 1,332 Hepatitis B cases were reported in the state in 2017, 2018 (1,281 cases); 2019 (1,303 cases) and 551 cases reported this year until last July 25.

Meanwhile, Sabah Health and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung advised the people to practise the new normal and comply with the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP) to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

He said this was important to ensure the Movement Control Order (MCO), as enforced last March, would not be implemented again.

“If the people do not want to return to the time under MCO, we must follow the SOP issued by the Health Ministry. It is our responsibility to protect ourselves (by complying with the SOP) so that we can move to the next level. Your cooperation is needed,” he told reporters after receiving 35 units of Bilevel Positive Airway Machines donated by Temasek Foundation, from Singapore.

The equipment will be distributed for use in hospitals in Sabah.