Mount Kinabalu and the Taman Kinabalu area will be closed from today until Oct 8 for sanitisation, said Sabah Tourism, Culture and Environment Ministry secretary Jamili Nais.
He said this was after a hiker to Mount Kinabalu from Sept 13 to 14 tested positive for Covid-19 and the Health Ministry issued a closing order notice to the Taman Kinabalu headquarters in Kundasang.
The Election Commission (EC) has taken measures to ensure that the 1,088,711-strong Sabah electorate can carry out their civic duty in a safe environment in tomorrow's state election – despite the raging Covid-19 outbreak. The assurance was made following concerns that the use of indelible ink might cause the spread of Covid-19.
Three election candidates are undergoing two-week quarantine following close contact with an Umno leader who is positive with Covid-19. They are Barisan Nasional candidates Datuk Kamarlin Ombi for Lumadan and Sani Miasin for Sindumin as well as Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan)'s candidate for Sindumin Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said that those returning from Sabah after voting in the state election will not need to undergo the compulsory 14-days quarantine.
Ismail Sabri said that the authorities are only encouraging those who return from selected areas such as Tawau, Lahad Datu, Semporna and Kunak in Sabah — where Covid-19 cases are rife — to perform swab tests for their own safety.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob reiterated that voters who are Covid-19 positive would not be allowed to leave their hospitals to vote in the upcoming Sabah election.
He said only individuals undergoing quarantine were allowed to cast their votes at the designated voting centre.
"But they must seek permission from the district health office beforehand, as they cannot leave quarantine centres as they wish.
There is no necessity to implement the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) in Tawau and Lahad Datu despite a surge in Covid-19 cases in the two districts, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said any tightening of restrictions would be done through targeted EMCO in the locality with Covid-19 infections.
A new Covid-19 cluster was detected in Semporna, Sabah on Monday, making it the fourth one in the state after the Benteng LD, Pulau and Laut clusters.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix) said the index case for the new Selamat cluster is case 9969, a 32-year-old Malaysian who tested positive for the virus on September 14 while undergoing screening at the Tawau hospital for premature labour.
The Health Ministry said today it was mulling the mass screening of targeted groups in Lahad Datu, Kunak and Tawau in Sabah following the emergence of three new Covid-19 clusters in recent weeks.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said such measures would however depend on the pending test results of some 2,000 individuals and the effectiveness of strict border control.
A block at Tawau Prison and a community hall centre in Lahad Datu will be used as special quarantine centres for illegal immigrants, who are Covid-19 negative with mild symptoms.
Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the centres would be similar to the Low-Risk Covid-19 Quarantine and Treatment Centre at the Serdang Agricultural Expo Park (MAEPS) in Serdang, to place detained immigrants.
Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob today said the government has not decided if an enhanced movement control order (EMCO) should be imposed in Tawau and Lahad Datu.
In a press conference today, Ismail pointed out that there are 511,000 and 266,000 residents in Tawau and Lahad Datu, respectively.
“EMCO will affect a very large group of people therefore, the government has not made any decisions yet.
Four schools in Tawau have been temporarily closed until Sunday for disinfection, said district health officer Dr G. Navindran.
The schools are Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jambatan Putih, Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Jambatan Putih, SK Kukusan and SK Bahagia.
Dr Navindran said the disinfection operation was among the preventive measures taken against the spread of Covid-19 in the district.
Police have denied viral claims on social media that travel restrictions have been imposed in Tawau and Lahad Datu following a surge in Covid-19 cases in the two districts.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the information being circulated was not true and the police had not received any directive on such restrictions.
Sabah’s upcoming stall polls will go ahead as planned, said Election Commission chairman Datuk Abdul Ghani Salleh as authorities keep close tabs on the new Covid-19 clusters in Sabah’s east coast districts of Tawau and Lahad Datu.
He said authorities will maintain the same strict standard operating procedures as the Slim by-election.
The director-general of the Ministry of Health (MOH) today announced a new Covid-19 cluster at the Lahad Datu district police headquarters in Sabah.
In his press briefing today, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said that the Benteng cluster was detected when detainees in its lockup were screened for the virus.
He said that of the 50 screened on August 28, seven were found to be Covid-19 positive.
Sabah has decided to tighten standard operating procedures (SOPs) under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) to control the spread of Covid-19 following the rise in the number of cases in the state.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the Sabah State Health Department report showed that the cumulative number of positive Covid-19 cases on July 25 was 384 and increased to 402 cases on August 4, that is an increase of 18 cases.
In line with the Federal Government’s decision, the Sabah government has also decided that anyone returning from overseas and entering the state, either by sea, land or air, must undergo mandatory quarantine beginning tomorrow (July 29).
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the quarantine period would be for 14 days or as stipulated by the State Health Department for those categorised as persons under surveillance (PUS).
The Sabah government will enforce all the standard operating procedures (SOP) for all activities allowed in the state during the recovery movement control order (MCO).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said this includes the wearing of face masks at public places and the washing of hands frequently with water and soap or using hand sanitizers.
Kota Kinabalu MP Chan Foong Hin today accused the federal Perikatan Nasional (PN) government of bias against his Warisan-led state government in the disbursement of subsidies to address the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chan, who is also Sabah DAP secretary, said differing political ideologies should not affect the federal government’s allocations to states in dealing with a health crisis.
All school management in the state must remain vigilant and ensure that the standard operating procedures (SOPs) are complied with to curb Covid-19 transmission, Sabah Education Director Dr Mistirine Radin said.
Mistirine said though most schools have complied with the SOPs with the reopening of the school sessions, there are a lot more to be done by the District Education Office in giving guidance to schools in their respective districts, especially in terms of social distancing during classes.
It is a lively atmosphere at the Magellan Sutera Habour Resort here today as guests are seen enjoying their swim after pools re-opened to further revitalise tourism.
The Magellan's swimming pool was filled with children, playing under the close guidance of parents and resort staff. The parents were seen reminding their children to be careful, while the staff were seen briefing guests on the standard operating procedures (SOP).
Sabah is opening its doors again to foreign workers from China to jumpstart the construction industry in the state which has stalled due to the imposition of the movement control order (MCO). Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal announced that the state is opening its air, land and sea borders to Chinese nationals.
About 5,000 people are allowed to attend the five daily and Friday prayers at the Al-Kauthar Mosque Tawau near here starting today, said its chairman Khalid Mohd Tahir. He said the decision was made after the Sabah Fatwa Council decided to allow the five daily and Friday prayers in Sabah based on the actual capacity of the mosque or surau.
A foreigner who is under police custody has tested positive for Covid-19. District police chief deputy superintendent Haris Ibrahim said the 26-year-old man was detained during an operation dubbed Ops Dadu at the Kivatu Plaza, here, on June 10. The man was arrested under the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and Immigration Act 1959/63.
Following operation in the peninsula, lottery outlets here opened today, but were told by the authorities to shut again after just a few brief hours of brisk business. Queues of between 50 to 80 people formed as early as 8am at lottery outlets like Sabah Lotto 88 and Sports Toto in Donggongon township until the police and local government officers arrived about 10am.
The Sabah government has decided to allow several activities, including interstate travel, haircuts and prayers at non-Muslim houses of worship, to be carried out in the state during the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) period beginning yesterday. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state government has also decided to allow domestic tourism, reopening of fishing ponds as well as non-contact rest and recreational activities and non-contact sports like badminton and tennis.
Sabah has relaxed the quarantine requirement for Malaysians coming into state, but checks and procedures to assess the Covid-19 risks of people arriving will continue. Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi (pic) said that all those arriving in the state via land, air or sea will have to fill a health declaration form and undergo medical screening upon arrival.
Two siblings in Tuaran have tested positive for Covid-19, bringing the total number of cases in Sabah to 353 as at June 7.
They are close contacts of a previous Covid-19 patient, said Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.
She said these two additional cases are under the local transmission category.
Sabah businesses are keen to embrace digitalisation as part of the new normal, brought about by the spread of Covid-19.
Assistant State Laws and Native Affairs Minister Janie Lasimbang said during the Movement Control Order, many have utilised the simplest applications to promote and sell their products.
"Many of them joined e-Pasar, WhatsApp groups or promoting their business through Facebook.