Sabah hospitals are looking into converting more wards to treat Covid-19 patients if there is a spike in the number of infections in the state.
State Community Development and People's Wellbeing Minister Shahelmey Yahya said to date, 70 per cent of the ventilators and intensive care unit (ICU) beds have been utilised by Covid-19 patients, with a remainder of 30 per cent capacity.
There are two major hospitals in Kota Kinabalu, and others in Tawau, Sandakan, Lahad Datu and Keningau which are equipped with ICU beds and ventilators.
The Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) came to aid of the Sabah National Security Council (NSC) when it flew 99,400 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from Sarawak to Tawau, Sabah.
In a statement today, RMAF said the Comirnaty (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine doses were loaned from the Sarawak government from three locations namely Kuching, Sibu and Bintulu.
The transfer was one of the Sabah government’s efforts to accelerate the vaccination of Sabahans to achieve its 80% herd immunity target by October.
Sabah received the first batch of the single-dose CanSino Covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday (Aug 24), says state Health director Dr Rose Nani Mudin.
She said 53,000 doses arrived here, with more vaccines expected to arrive later this month.
Last week, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor said the CanSino vaccine doses are expected to arrive in stages, as Sabah has previously requested 1.8 million doses from the Federal Government.
He said combined with Pfizer and Sinovac vaccines, the state is expected to receive over 500,000 vaccine doses this week.
Sabah’s Covid-19 cases continue to rise, with 2,738 new infections and 17 deaths recorded on Friday (Aug 20).
Minister in charge of Covid-19 matters in the state, Datuk Masidi Manjun said over 59% of these cases are due to close contact screenings from existing cases, while quite a number are also backlog cases.
He said Kota Kinabalu remained the district with the highest number of Covid-19 cases at 454 followed by Penampang (328), Sandakan (236), Tuaran (235), Tawau (225), Sipitang (181), Papar (138) and Putatan (104).
Sabah reported its third consecutive all-time high of daily Covid-19 cases today.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun announced that there were 2,582 new cases as of today, up from yesterday’s 2,413.
The day before, it recorded 2,103 cases. The state has breached the 2,000-case mark only four times, but all were in this month.
Sabah’s daily Covid-19 case numbers continue to increase, registering a new high of 1,379 on Sunday (Aug 8).
State Local Government and Housing Minister and Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said Kota Kinabalu reported 351 new cases, 110 more than the 241 recorded on Saturday (Aug 7).
Also seeing an increase in daily cases were Tawau (160 cases), Tuaran (152) and Penampang (113).
Sabah industrial players are encouraged to get the Rapid Antigen Test Kit, which uses saliva or nasal swab samples, to test their own staff for Covid-19, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam.
The Sabah Industrial Development Minister said the test kit is approved by the Health Ministry and the result of the test can be directly updated in the MySejahtera app.
“This test kit can be done at their own convenient time and workplace,” said Dr Joachim, who is also a practising doctor, in a statement today.
Sabah recorded a spike in new Covid-19 cases on Saturday (July 24) with 712, and more than half came from close contact screenings, says Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
The state Local Government and Housing Minister said this spike showed that many were still not observing the standard operating procedures (SOPs) properly.
Masidi, who is also the state's Covid-19 spokesman, said 383 cases, or 53.8% of the total, were detected among close contacts of Covid-19 patients, an indication that many have become carriers of the coronavirus and may continue infecting others.
"All districts in Sabah recorded new cases today, with Kota Kinabalu the highest at 161 cases followed by Sandakan (98)," he said on Saturday (July 24).
Homeless people in the state will be given a single dose of vaccine against Covid-19 through an outreach programme, says Datuk Seri Fatimah Abdullah.
The state Welfare, Community Wellbeing, Women, Family and Childhood Development Minister said single dose vaccines were more appropriate to be administered to the homeless due to their mobility.
She said the vaccination programme will start off in Kuching next week, followed by other divisions.
She said this to reporters after presenting food aid on Wednesday (July 14) to those who had raised the white flags in Jalan Tiong Hua area.
A woman caught on video escaping through the barbed wire at Bandaran Berjaya that is under enhanced movement control order has abandoned her room, say Sabah police.
Her rented room was found abandoned and unlocked when policemen went to check following her escape two nights ago, said acting OCPD Supt George Rakman.
“Her items inside are gone. It was unlocked as well so we think that this woman is not planning to return,” he said on Wednesday (July 14).
Police, he said, were now talking to witnesses and trying to track her down.
More areas in Sabah will be placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) for 14 days starting July 12.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the three areas are QL Farm in Membalua, Tawau; Kampung Pikat in Bongawan, Papar and three localities in Kota Kinabalu will be under strict lockdown until July 25.
"QL Farm recorded an increase of Covid-19 cases with a high infectivity rate. The locality registered 13 cases out of 49 residents screened as of today.
"In Kampung Pikat, 15 positive cases were detected within a week after screening 89 residents there.
Sabah will receive 140,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech and Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines every week starting from this week for the immunisation programme in the state, said Sabah Minister of Community Development and People’s Well-being Shahelmey Yahya.
He said this was following Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor’s request to the federal government to increase the supply of vaccines to Sabah immediately to meet the target of administering 30,000 vaccine jabs a day.
He said that since the federal and state governments were doing their best to get the vaccine supplies, the people of Sabah should cooperate by getting vaccinated and encouraging those closest to them to be inoculated too.