A total of 396 passengers who flew on two AirAsia Kuala Lumpur-Tawau flights have been told get tested again for Covid-19 immediately after six passengers tested positive for the disease.
Tawau Area 2 health officer Dr Suzalinna Sulaiman urged passengers of AirAsia flight AK5742 on May 1 and AK5740 on May 4 to undergo the test immediately.
“Based on records, 156 passengers were on flight AK5742 where four people have been found Covid-19 positive, while a total of 246 passengers were on AK5740 where two people have been found positive, ” she added.
Three varsity students here are expected to be charged in court for flouting the home quarantine order.
The trio were previously ordered to undergo 14-day quarantine upon arrival from Kuala Lumpur on May 1 and 4 respectively.
District health officer Dr Suzalinna Sulaiman said based on observation, all three had gone out from their houses without a valid reason.
A student became the first Covid-19 positive case detected at a local university here.
Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said that the detection came when they carried out screening of all students before they were allowed to return to their homes.
"It was detected at a local university as part of screening to manage the movement of students in Sabah," she said in a statement here Wednesday (May 13).
Sabah recorded 10 new Covid-19 cases on Monday (May 11), a hike from one or zero cases reported daily in the past few weeks.
Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon said the 10 people were those who had returned to the state over the past few days.“Their families and close contacts have been taken to quarantine centres while the students are being treated in hospitals,” he said when contacted.
Shopping malls and fashion boutiques around the state capital are found to be adhering to the standard operating procedures (SOP) after reopening their businesses on Monday (May 11).
One - Jakel Silk House - even adopted a numbering system where only 25 persons are allowed into the shop at one time.
Owner Amran Mohd Nor said the numbering system allows them to better control the number of customers in their store at a time.
Domestic tourism, sports and recreational activities, as well as professional services, are among the latest sectors to be relaxed in Sabah’s fifth stage of the movement control order (MCO).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said these sectors were allowed to operate starting yesterday.
Activities allowed to resume are domestic tourism which includes accommodation, adventure and recreation, food and beverage, as well as ticketing services. Environmental, wildlife and park activities, be it for recreational, surveillance or research purposes, can proceed as well.
Domestic tourism, sports and recreational activities, as well as professional services sectors, are among the latest sectors to be opened up in Sabah’s fifth phase of movement control order (MCO).
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said these sectors are allowed to operate starting May 10 (Sunday).
Parts of domestic tourism allowed to operate include accommodation, adventure and recreation, food and beverages, ticketing services and so on.
Eateries in the state capital here are taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to dine-ins – even though the state government gave the green light for them to resume operations on Saturday (May 9).
The Employees Provident Fund (EPF) has approved withdrawals from Account 2 totalling RM1.66bil by 3.5 million contributors under the i-Lestari initiative launched last month, said Deputy Finance Minister I Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri.
The money would be credited into their bank accounts via electronic transfer between May 4 and 18, he said in a statement here Saturday (May 9).
Sabah has more or less lifted all restrictions on business activities, allowing businesses to operate freely with effect from Saturday (May 9).
The latest to be given the green light are food outlets, which can now offer dine-in, shopping complexes and all public transport and public parks are also reopening.
Sabah has allowed the construction, maintenance and forestry sectors and their networks to reopen from today (Friday).
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the conditional permission for the construction and maintenance sectors given previously is now void.
More than 300 policemen who returned to Sabah from Sarawak recently are undergoing quarantine at several police facilities here.
Sabah Health Department (JKNS) director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the personnel had just completed training in Sarawak and returned to Sabah on May 5.
"All of them had their samples taken and are required to undergo quarantine at a police training centre here and at the General Task Force (base) in Kinarut.
The polio immunisation exercise in Sabah, involving the administration of the monovalent oral polio vaccine (mOPV) that was supposed to have been carried out in April, has now been pushed forward to June.
State Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the Sabah Health Department had begun the Sabah Polio Immunisation Campaign (KIPS) for children aged below 13 last December, who were supposed to have received two dosages of the bivalent oral polio vaccine (bOPV) and two dosages of the mOPV.
A group of Sabahans passionate about fashion came together to sew personal protection equipment (PPE) for medical frontliners of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital II (HQE II) over the past week.
The 11 of them received the materials from the hospital and then went home to sew.
Some of the 7,000 Sabahan students returning from Peninsular Malaysia and Sarawak have volunteered to undergo quarantine at the designated centres to avoid any risk of exposing their families to the Covid-19 virus.
Sabah Health Department director Datuk Christina Rundi (pic) said the students were aware of the possible risks they posed and voluntarily wanted to stay at the centres instead of going back to their hometowns.
Sabah today maintained that it would not allow businesses to begin operations tomorrow despite an announcement by the federal government on easing the movement control order (MCO).
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state had decided not to enforce the Conditional MCO as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on May 1. "Stage 4 of the MCO will continue until May 12. This is to continue efforts to contain the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure the people do not get exposed to the virus," he said in a statement.
Some 7,000 students returning to Sabah have been asked to strictly adhere to home quarantine guidelines.
Sabah Health Department director Datuk Christina Rundi (pic) on Sunday (May 3) said the decision to allow the students to go home and practise home quarantine was due to the large number returning from Peninsular Malaysia and also Sarawak. She said all students would have to undergo Covid-19 tests before they are allowed to return to their respective hometowns and villages in the state.
There were some miscommunications involved which led to issues regarding ground arrangements for overseas students who returned to Sabah on their own, says state Education and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Yusof Yacob.
He said the miscommunication was between the students, their colleges and the government.
Samples are now being taken from students arriving from outside Sabah to identify those allowed to self-quarantine at home and those who would need to be sent to quarantine centres.
Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing minister Datuk Frankie Poon said this action was taken immediately after Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal gave exceptions to allow those without symptoms and who came from green zones to undergo home quarantine on Saturday (May 2).
“Those from red zones or areas with cases are required to stay in state-provided quarantine centres and get screened further especially if they have any symptoms of the virus,” he said.
The government should consider marking students returning to their home state with indelible ink, similar to that used during the elections.
As returnees are supposed to be quarantined upon arrival-- whether at home or designated facilities—the ink mark will allow for better monitoring by the authorities.
Kiulu assemblyman Datuk Joniston Bangkuai said this is a simple method that can be used once the students or any other returnees arrive at the airport.
The Sabah state government has decided to allow more than one person in a vehicle at a time, with conditions.
In the relaxed ruling implemented by the federal government, Sabah said it would allow for two people to be in a vehicle together to go out for food supplies and other necessities, provided they are from the same household.
The Sabah prisons have thus far produced 17,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE) for the use of healthcare workers across the state while treating Covid-19 patients.
Sabah and Labuan Prisons director Datuk Suria Idris said all the PPE sets were sewn by 130 inmates in Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Sandakan and Labuan prisons.
“We received the order since the first phase of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and all the PPEs have been sewn by the inmates who attended sewing workshops,” he told reporters after receiving PPE materials from BTC Group of companies, here today.
The Sabah Oil and Gas Terminal (SOGT) and Sabah Ammonia and Urea (Samur) plant have been granted permission to restart operations immediately.
This was stated by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
According to Shafie, they had also given the green light for Petronas to begin operations at offshore locations. He also said that Sabah would adopt the new ruling by the federal government allowing two people from a household to go out together during the movement control order (MCO).
The people should not abuse official letters issued by the authorities for them to move about during the movement control order (MCO), says Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew (pic).
Liew said the public must use the documents only for genuine purposes during the period of restriction.
A police team who unknowingly handled a suicide victim’s body that later tested positive for Covid-19 has completed their two-week home quarantine.
Acting police chief Supt George Rakman said that the 12 policemen involved in the April 6 operation in Pulau Gaya would commence their duties on Thursday (April 30).
Students or outsiders returning to Sabah have been urged to fill up the health declaration form honestly upon arrival at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport.
Sabah Health Department director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi (pic) said this measure was important as many of the Covid-19 cases here involved those with minimal or zero symptoms.