People in Sabah need to understand that the travel restrictions imposed by the government seek to curb and break the Covid-19 chain even though the restrictions are enforced ahead of the Aidilfitri celebration, said Chief Minister Datuk Hajiji Noor.
Hajiji said this was the second year in a row that the festivity was celebrated in the new norm, however, it should not stop the people from rejoicing and appreciating the meaning behind the celebration.
An enforcement officer has become the case index for Sabah's new Covid-19 cluster dubbed Kompleks Empat, with infection spreading to eight districts.
The 32-year-old individual worked on the fourth floor of the Sabah Federal Govermment Administration Complex here.
State Covid-19 spokesperson Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the man had gone to a private clinic on May 5 and was tested positive after undergoing an interstate travel (Kota Kinabalu to Labuan) screening.
"Close contact screening was then carried out among the colleagues. From the screening, 14 positive cases were detected in Kota Kinabalu and three cases in Tuaran.
The Sabah Covid-19 Disaster Management Committee today allowed three shopping centres in the state listed in the Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) system to continue operating.
State Housing and Local Government Minister, Datuk Masidi Manjun who is the committee spokesman, said in this regard, strict control would be carried out at the malls to ensure visitors and the centres complied with the standard operating procedures (SOP) stipulated to contain Covid-19 infection.
A shopping mall enlisted in the Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) is in limbo whether to remain open or close today. At 10am, Suria Sabah shopping mall had allowed vendors to operate as usual and the public to enter.
A school gardener who fainted at a school in Semporna later tested positive for Covid-19, triggering Sabah's latest Keramat cluster.
The 73-year-old man was taken to the Semporna district hospital after he fainted.
A Covid-19 test on him later returned positive for the coronavirus.
The tightening of inter-district movement restrictions in Sabah ahead of Hari Raya Aidilfitri has left holidaymakers' plans in tatters.
The state government's decision to restrict movement between areas of Kota Kinabalu to popular holiday destinations such as Kundasang in Ranau near Mount Kinabalu and Kota Belud has forced many to cancel their holiday bookings.
The state government has decided to restrict the entry of those from Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka into Sabah, effective tomorrow. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor, in a statement today, said the decision was made following the spread of Covid-19 variants of concern (VOC) in some countries that had contributed to a surge in new cases.
The enhanced movement control order (EMCO) will be enforced in Kampung Bergosong in Tawau, Sabah from tomorrow until May 15 following a spike in Covid-19 cases in the village, said Senior Minister (Security Cluster) Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said this decision was made based on a risk assessment done by several agencies under the MCO Technical Committee.
After a demonstration in the Kampung Muhibbah Jaya against the enhanced movement control order (EMCO) last weekend, residents of Kampung Baru, Pasir Putih, also in the Tawau district, have done the same.
Some 350 villagers held a peaceful demonstration there last night to demand that the EMCO in their area be lifted in order for them to earn some income in order to eat.
A teacher was among seven men who were arrested after they were involved in a demonstration against the imposition of the Movement Control Order (MCO) and Enhanced MCO (EMCO) in Tawau. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Hazani Ghazali said the seven individuals aged between 26 and 31 were brought to the Tawau court today, where an application for a two-day remand order was granted.
The Sabah government today gave an additional two-hour extension for food traders to operate in localities subject to the Movement Control Order (MCO), said state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.
Masidi, who is also the state government spokesperson on Covid-19, said food traders including stalls, restaurants and eateries can now carry out their operations from 6am to 8pm.