Sabahans affected by the Covid-19 pandemic should come forward instead of merely complaining on social media, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic). The Chief Minister said those needing assistance should give their details to the authorities instead of ranting away on social media platforms like Facebook. "They must make the effort to contact us and provide details so that assistance can be given to them," he said, referring to Sabah's efforts to trace an estimated 30,000 Sabahans under the B40 category in peninsular Malaysia.
Steps are already in place for highland vegetables from Kundasang to be transported to main markets in Sabah, Sarawak, Peninsular Malaysia and neighbouring Brunei, says state Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong.
He said that they have put in place a mechanism that will allow 58 farmers, and wholesalers from the Kundasang area to send out their produce to the main towns of Kota Kinabalu, and east coast towns of Sandakan and Tawau.
Nine people, including two minors, who held a ‘wild party’ at a house during the movement control order (MCO) period, were today charged in the Magistrate’s Court for violating the order. The accused — Kamaruddin Yusuf,19; Muhd Usman Jamal, 23; Asri Basri, 26; Amir Kahar Diari,29; Nuramira Sikin Rommel, 21; Norazlin Endarwati Surtoyol, 20; Fendi Sandana, 18, as well as a teenage boy and girl, both aged 17 — pleaded guilty after the charges were read out before Tawau High Court deputy registrar Amir Shah Amir Hassan.
Sabah has imposed a 5% state sales tax on all petroleum products, say Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal.
He said all oil companies including Petronas had been informed of the state’s decision.
There is no room in state jails here for prisoners to be quarantined in the event of a Covid-19 outbreak, says Sabah’s prisons visiting board chairman Katherine Lee Mei Oi (pic). "This will pose a danger to health and safety of the existing inmates and officers – and subsequently their families too, ” Lee said on Monday (April 6). She said state prisons are free from the virus now.
There is a significant increase in the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at healthcare facilities throughout the state since the Covid-19 outbreak.
Sabah Health Department (JKNS) director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the estimated use of PPE in hospitals was 1,500 to 2,000 units a day, while health clinics and those in the field use about 3,000 units a day.
There are six places in the state capital that have been gazetted as quarantine centres for people designated as a Person Under Surveillance (PUS) for Covid-19, says State Covid-19 Command Centre chairman Datuk Safar Untong (pic).
He said on Monday (April 6) that three of the centres gazetted by the Health Ministry under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1988 are the Institut Latihan Kementerian
There is no death due to the Covid-19 outbreak at the Taman Harmoni People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Sandakan, said Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.
”The news that was viraled through the Whatsapp application on the death due to Covid-19 at the PPR is not true,” she said in a statement today.
On the Covid-19 infection in Sabah, Dr Christina said 13 new cases were reported yesterday, comprising five cases in Kota Kinabalu; Kinabatangan (three); Penampang (two) and one each in Tuaran, Beaufort and Kunak. This brings to a total of 238 cases of Covid-19 in the state as of yesterday, she said, adding that 34 of them have recovered from the illness as of April 4.
All those involved in agriculture and food industries will get a RM300 one-off aid from the Sabah Agriculture and Food Industries Ministry. Its minister Datuk Junz Wong said fishermen, farmers, rubber tappers and anyone contributing to the food supply industry are eligible for this assistance.
Police have been keeping a round-the-clock watch on the movement of people going in and out of the Taman Harmoni People’s Housing Project (PPR) in Sandakan since Saturday (April 4).
Sandakan OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Azhar Hamin, however, said the area was not under an enhanced movement control order (MCO).
Kindergarten operators are appealing to parents to pay full fees despite the movement control order (MCO), so that these centres can continue operating when the MCO is lifted. Sabah Kindergarten Association president Agnes Chin said they have received quite a number of requests from parents to reduce the monthly fees during the MCO. She said while she understands that families may also be affected economically by the MCO, it is wise that they discuss their difficulties and come up with win-win solutions for all, as no one has control over how the pandemic will go.
The Sabah Health Department has denied a viral message circulating on WhatsApp claiming that there was a death due to Covid-19 recorded in Beaufort.
"The information is not true,” said its director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi in a statement here on Sunday (April 5).
Meanwhile, Dr Christina said Sabah recorded 10 new positive Covid-19 cases on Saturday (April 4), bringing the total to 225.
Sabah will not allow Ramadan bazaars to be held as part of efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19, says state secretary Datuk Safar Untong. Safar, who chairs the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre, said Saturday (April 4) that the ban was in line with the already existing ban on the weekly tamus (traditional markets) and Pasar Tani (farmers’ market) during the movement control order.
A senior medical expert has suggested that those who tested negative for Covid-19 upon returning from abroad be allowed to self-isolate at home instead of being sent to designated quarantine centres.
The suggestion came from Chong En Leong, a surgeon who sent a legal notice to the Health Ministry several days ago about the poor conditions at the Sepanggar quarantine station.
Sabah state government today received 5,000 Covid-19 reagent test kits needed by the State Health Department to conduct detection test for the virus. State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said the test kits worth RM900,000 were sourced from Singapore and were sent to Sabah by the National Disaster Management Agency (Nadma) using a Royal Malaysian Air Force aircraft.
Villagers in Sabah have offered surplus fruits and vegetables from their harvests to neighbours as a kind gesture during the movement control order (MCO). Facebook user Fadzil Haji Aziz shared photos of the fresh produce which were hanging on fences and spread out on tables outside various houses, with signs urging families to help themselves to one bag. Some of the crops on offer were chillies, bananas, and soko (Lagos spinach).
Sabah police are setting up disinfection tunnels at its district headquarters (IPDs) as well as at the contingent headquarters (IPK) here in the fight against Covid-19.
Sabah police commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said the project which begins today at a cost of RM70,000 will complete in three days.
Sabah police have taken several new approaches to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in view of the increasing number of cases in the state.
Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass (pic) said they will be getting 25 units of mobile sanitising stations to be placed at the various districts around the state.
He said the equipment was purchased using funds provided by the state government recently.
Some 5,000 Covid–19 reagent test kits along with other critically low medical supplies were flown into Sabah from Kuala Lumpur by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF).
The reagents acquired by the non-governmental organisation (NGO) Osimal Foundation through donations as well as state government funds are expected to help the state's Health Department carry out tests on the backlog of some 3,000 to 4,000 suspected Covid-19 patients.
Sabah received another donation of 20,000 surgical masks from China through the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Kota Kinabalu today.
Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew received the items at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) MASkargo Building on behalf of the state government.
“The face masks are for the use of frontliners working in the essential services,” she said in a statement here.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said 36,886 people have received a special one-off Covid-119 aid of RM300 each involving an allocation of RM11,065,800.
He said of the total recipients, 20,157 people were the vulnerable group, orphans (2,197) and 14,532 people were the handicapped, single parents and chronic disease sufferers.
“A food aid fund of RM189,560 for Sabah students in Peninsular Malaysia involving 2,554 students at 33 higher education institutions has also been distributed through the Sabah Communications Office, Kuala Lumpur,’’ he said in a statement, Thursday.
Disciplinary action will be taken against the police officer, who was videotaped whipping people caught for defying the movement control order (MCO) in Kunak district, say Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass (pic).
DCP Zaini said although the officer had no intention of hurting the teenagers, his action was not in line with the standard operating procedure and could negatively affect the image of the police force.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said 36,886 people have received a special one-off Covid-19 aid of RM300 each involving an allocation of RM11,065,800.
He said, of the total recipients, 20,157 people were the vulnerable group, orphans (2,197) and 14,532 people were the handicapped, single parents and chronic disease sufferers.
Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) is all set to receive swab samples for tests and detection to assist state health authorities in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. UMS vice-chancellor Prof Datuk Dr Taufiq Yap Yun Hin said their labs and personnels were ready and expected to start receiving samples from the Sabah Health Department by mid-April.
Sabah has conducted a total of 7,173 Covid-19 tests as of March 31, from which it identified 209 positive cases. A total of 731 people are still placed in the 25 different quarantine centres statewide, and 66 people have been allowed to return home. Those under home quarantine number 7,717, with their close contacts totalling 6,512 people are still under healthcare watch and supervision. A total number of patients who have recovered remained at 12 people.
The maritime community along Sabah's west coast has generally complied with the movement control order (MCO), says Sabah and Labuan Malaysian Maritime
Enforcement Agency (MMEA) First Admiral Mohd Rosli Abdullah.
Overseas Sabahans transiting at the KL International Airport on the way home to Sabah will be required to undergo their quarantine in Kuala Lumpur.
“It will be a mandatory quarantine in Kuala Lumpur for 14 days, ” said state secretary Datuk Safar Untong, head of Sabah's Covid-19 committee, when asked if these Sabahans would be undergoing their 14-day quarantine in Sabah.