Seventy-nine per cent of intensive care unit (ICU) beds in Sabah hospitals are occupied by Covid-19 patients.
State Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said despite this, the Health Ministry will do its best to accommodate and provide the best healthcare for the people.
"There are two major hospitals in Kota Kinabalu, one has 36 ICU beds and the other has six beds; Tawau has 32; Sandakan 18; Lahad Datu 13; and Keningau 10.
"There are 115 ICU beds in total and 91 patients are being treated at ICUs to date, with 23 of them needing ventilators," he said in a virtual press conference.
The Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) at Kampung Timbang Dayang, Kota Belud in Sabah, ends today.
According to Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, the Health Ministry said the last active Covid-19 case in the locality was recorded on Jan 11.
"Following the advice of the Health Ministry during the special National Security Council meeting (today), the EMCO placed on Kampung Timbang Dayang ends as scheduled on Jan 18.
"The active cases in the locality are under control and there are no samples left awaiting results.
Sabah government announced on Saturday (Jan 16) the decision to roll out Bantuan Prihatin Covid-19 2.0 to help Sabahans impacted by the movement control order.
The RM128.98mil assistance will be distributed in two forms; a RM300 one-off financial aid and via a food basket programme, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor in a statement
"The state government is allotting RM97.4mil for the one-off assistance to 324,661 recipients from e-Kasih list, B40 group, orphans, senior citizens, the disabled and single mothers.
Sabah will allocate RM97.4 million to provide financial relief to those affected by the second phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, in a statement today, said the allocation would be used to distribute a one-off RM300 financial relief to 324,661 people in the state.
The recipients would comprise those registered under the e-Kasih platform, those from the B40 category, orphans, senior citizens, disabled, single mothers, farmers, fishermen, tourist guides, mountain guides and porters, taxi drivers, bus drivers, artists, and traders, among others.
"The National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) has also provided an allocation of RM31.58 million for food basket expenses.
Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan has been discharged from the hospital after recovering from Covid-19 today.
The state Agriculture and Fisheries Minister left the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) here, at 1pm, along with his wife Datin Seri Cecelia Kitingan.
In a statement, Jeffrey thanked the medical team who had been treating them especially State Health Department Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi and QEH Director Dr William Gotulis.
He also extended his appreciation to the hospital's Infectious Disease Unit Chief Dr Lee Heng Gee and all the staff, who cared for them during their two-week quarantine at the hospital.
A few diners chipped in to pay fines for two restaurants which allowed people to sit and dine in Beaufort on Friday (Jan 15).
In the first incident, a 58-year-old man was issued a compound after he was found allowing dine-ins at about 1pm.
Beaufort OCPD Deputy Supt Azmir Abd Razak said the man was compounded when policemen were doing their routine checks and inspections on SOPs in view of the movement control order (MCO) in place in Sabah.
The state government has instructed all plantations in Sabah to undertake Covid-19 screening for their workers.
This came after two new clusters involving infection among estate workers were detected. The clusters are the Baturong Cluster in Kunak and the Ladang Matamba Cluster in Lahad Datu.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the Ladang Baturong cluster registered 44 infections today, taking the cumulative cases to 54, and Ladang Matamba cluster recorded four new infections, taking the cumulative cases to 20.
Tired of poor sanitary conditions of the bathrooms and toilets, four patients at the Likas Covid-19 low-risk quarantine centre here took matters into their own hands and decided to clean the facilities themselves.
One of them also posted their clean-up efforts on Facebook on Jan 9 while complaining about the conditions at the centre in the Likas sports complex.
Three days after his viral post, health officials moved in to clean up the bathrooms and toilets.
In another Facebook post on Tuesday (Jan 12), the man thanked the Health Department for cleaning up the place and hoped that they would keep it up.
The Sabah police has set up 50 roadblocks at strategic locations, including at inter-district entry and exit routes in the state for the enforcement of the 14-day movement control order (MCO) beginning last night.
Sabah Head of Internal Security and Public Order, ACP Khalid Saion said this was to ensure the public complied with all regulations at the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the government in an effort to break the chain of the Covid-19 transmission in the state.
He said about 4,000 security personnel, including from the Malaysian Armed Forces (ATM), the Malaysian Volunteer Department (Rela) and the Malaysian Civil Defence Force (APM) would be on duty at the 24-hour roadblocks.
Sabah agrees with the Federal Government’s decision to impose a two-week movement control order (MCO) for the state beginning Jan 13.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the MCO was necessary to stop the exponential increase of Covid-19 cases in the state.
He urged the public to heed directives from the authorities and observe the standard operations procedures (SOP) to stop the chain of infection.
On Monday (Jan 11), a total of 374 new cases were detected bringing the Covid-19 infection cumulative total to 41,040 in Sabah.
One fatality was also reported on Sunday.
Tandek assemblyman from Parti Bersatu Sabah Hendrus Anding, has been confirmed positive for Covid-19.
Hendrus, who is assistant minister to State Agriculture and Fishery Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jeffrey Kitingan, said he was found positive in his hometown in Kota Marudu.
He is currently being quarantined at a low-risk treatment centre in Kota Belud.
"I'm feeling fine and I have no symptoms whatsoever. No treatment is required for me - I feel healthy," said Hendrus, as quoted in a portal.
The Sabah government is urging people not to spread unverified reports about the Covid-19 pandemic.
The office of the Sabah Local Government and Housing Ministry under Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the public should refer to official statements released by the National Security Council (NSC), Health Ministry and official statements issued by Masidi himself.
"On behalf of the minister, we urge people to stop spreading unverified reports about Covid-19 not from official sources," it said in a statement on Friday (Jan 8).