Sabah will continue with the current restrictions under the movement control order (MCO) but will allow some workshops, pet shops and tyre shops to operate on certain days. State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong said that all directives that came into force in March will remain until the end of the MCO on April 14, including prohibiting Fama’s Pasar Tani from being held in the state during the MCO period.
A large-scale disinfection exercise to address the spread of Covid-19 in areas under the jurisdiction of the Kota Kinabalu City Hall (DBKK) is scheduled to be conducted in the middle of this month, said the director of its Landscape Department, Robert Lipon.
The state government is taking a more comprehensive approach to resolve problems faced by farmers and fishermen to ensure that the food supply chain is not disrupted during the current movement control order (MCO). State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong (pic) said that new directives have been issued to overcome the problems following reports that farmers were dumping their harvest due to problems sending it to markets in towns.
The state’s healthcare personnel had spent three days on Pulau Gaya here to conduct prevention of and control Covid-19 infection among the islanders. Sabah Health department (JKNS) director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the activity was conducted by the Kota Kinabalu Health Office from March 28 until yesterday.
Sabah has ordered all disaster operations centres in all districts as a preemptive measure in preparation for a spike in Covid-19 cases. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that the state security council decided at its meeting today to open up all the centres in anticipation of more coronavirus cases to hit the state.
Those required to undergo quarantine in Sabah can now opt to stay in selected Health Ministry-sanctioned hotels instead of the designated quarantine centres. Sabah Health and People’s Wellbeing Minister Datuk Frankie Poon said for now they could choose between the Manaco Boutique Hotel and Oyo Hotel.
Sabah has given special permission to 23 people, including 12 participants who wanted to attend the cancelled tabligh gathering in Sulawesi, to return to Tawau. However, only 18 of them arrived at the Tawau jetty by boat from Nunukan in Indonesia’s Kalimantan yesterday, said State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong in a statement.
The Sabah government is going all out to acquire essential equipment for medical teams to curb Covid-19 transmission in the state. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said this includes getting more reagents to confirm the presence of the virus in samples, as well as obtaining instruments to clean medical protection suits from China.
Sabah is working with the state health authorities to address a shortage of test reagents, which is stalling the pace of Covid-19 tests in the state, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic). "We are working closely and have indicated our support to acquire them (reagents)... These items are only available in China," he told reporters after receiving medical supplies donated by China for frontliners at the airport's Terminal 2 here on Sunday (March 29).
The Sabah government granted special permission to 23 Malaysian citizens to enter the state through Tawau’s Customs, Immigration, Quarantine and Security (CIQS) Complex. State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong in a statement today said the special permission decided in a meeting by the Sabah Covid-19 Command Centre was for 12 participants of a tabligh programme in Sulawesi, Indonesia, as well as 11 other members of the public.
Sabah has given special permission to 23 people, including 12 tablighs who wanted to attend the cancelled gathering in Sulawesi, to return to Tawau on Sunday (March 29). However, only 18 of them arrived at the Tawau jetty by boat from Nunukan in Indonesia’s Kalimantan, said Sabah State Secretary Datuk Safar Untong. In a statement Sunday, he said all 18 were sent to the Tawau quarantine centre for a 14-day observation.
Food rations are being sent to Pulau Gaya islanders whose movements between the island and the mainland here have been curtailed under the movement control order (MCO). State Agriculture and Food Industry Minister Datuk Junz Wong said that 3,800 families in the Tanjung Aru constituency have received food aid. “Today, we sent some 2,000 packets to Pulau Gaya for the families, ” he said Sunday (March 29).
The Sabah Health Department is taking action to improve conditions at three quarantine centres where those quarantined have complained about facilities and conditions.
Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said steps were being taken by the relevant authorities to improve the conditions at the Bomba Academy in Sepanggar, Health Ministry Training Institute in Bukit Padang and Kota Kinabalu Polytechnic here.
Eight anglers in Kudat district were hauled up for violating the movement control order (MCO) on Thursday (March 26). Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said the eight were engaged in leisure fishing and did not heed instructions when asked to go home. These eight are among 13 people nabbed for various offences under the MCO between March 18 and 26 statewide.
The Sabah government has assured that food supply in the state will remain adequate even though the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been extended until April 14. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state government would ensure that food supplies including vegetables were sufficient for the Sabah people.
Sabah people will be exempted from paying their water bills and will be given a 30 per cent discount on electricity bills for three months beginning April, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal. He said the exemption and discount were part of the initiatives introduced under the Sabah Covid-19 aid package in an effort to ease the burden and cost of living of affected people in the state following the virus outbreak.
Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal announced the state’s stimulus package worth RM670 million today that is aimed at mitigating the effects of the now-extended Movement Control Order brought on by Covid-19. The “Sabah Cares” package includes 15 measures designed preserve the welfare and livelihoods of several groups including medical and enforcement frontliners, the hardcore poor, B40 income earners, and small-medium enterprise owners.
Eight patients under investigation (PUIs) or close contacts of Covid-19 patients are facing legal action for not complying with the 14-day home quarantine order, says Sabah Health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi.
Some 500 families in Tanjung Aru have started to get rice and other essential supplies from their assemblyman Datuk Junz Wong. According to the Parti Warisan Sabah vice-president, members of the party's Tanjung Aru and Putatan divisions had, together with Sunny Supermarket staff, helped to put together 500 food packs for those affected by the movement control order (MCO).
The Sabah government will announce its economic stimulus package tomorrow to help people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. State Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said the announcement would be made after the state Cbinet meeting at the Sabah State Administrative Centre here.
Sabah Umno will donate RM1 million worth of essential supplies to assist those hard hit as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Former state Umno liaison committee chief Tan Sri Musa Aman, in a statement, said he had discussed the matter with state Umno liason chief Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin, who will oversee the distribution of supplies via the state party secretariat.
A 33-year-old man became the first person in the state to be arrested for obstruction of a civil servant’s duties at a roadblock put up to enforce the movement control order (MCO).
During the check along Jalan Tuaran near here on Monday (March 23) evening, the man, who was with a friend in his car, could not produce his driver's licence upon request by the police.
Help in the shape of basic essentials for families affected by the movement control order (MCO) is already on its way for many families across Sabah, says Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal (pic) said. The Chief Minister said the respective assemblymen and elected representatives were making efforts to send essentials to their constituents in need ahead of a state economic package to be announced Wednesday (March 25).
Sabah’s crime rate is seeing a major drop as the movement control order (MCO) entered its seventh day on Tuesday (March 24) as some 92% of people here comply with it and take trips only to obtain daily essentials. Sabah Police Commissioner Datuk Zaini Jass said that crime was not a serious problem now across the state. “It is not a problem. We are not getting any major or serious cases.
An official website to check on Covid-19 status and cases in Sabah - Covid19.Sabah.digital - is available and can be accessed by the public. State Health and People’s Well-being Minister Datuk Frankie Poon said the website is operated by the Sabah Disaster Management Committee Command Centre. He explained that the Command Centre is among the few authorities that is allowed to release information with regard to Covid-19 in Sabah.
Key Covid-19 "hotspots” in Sabah’s major towns are being sealed off in efforts to minimise movement amid a growing number of cases in these areas. Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said that several moves, including a near curtailment on the movement of people in certain areas of Kota Kinabalu, Tawau and Lahad Datu, were being implemented in light of an increasing number of viral infection cases.
Sabah has extended its suspension of activities, as well as prayer, including Friday prayer, at mosques and surau in the state, until March 31 in line with the current enforcement of the movement control order (MCO).