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).
Three additional quarantine centres have been opened to cater to the increasing number of Covid-19 patients in Sabah. The new centres are Masjid Jamek, Kota Belud, Plasma MPOB Lahad Datu and Felda Resident Sabahat, Lahad Datu.
An MP has ticked off the Human Resources Minister for keeping quiet and not clarifying issues relating to workers, especially those who are allegedly forced to take unpaid leave during the two-week movement control order (MCO).
Five policemen, two of them with the rank of inspector, are in quarantine at their respective home after they were found to have recently dealt with a man who had been infected with Covid-19 at Ranau station.
Twelve Sabahans who were in Sulawesi, Indonesia for a tabligh gathering, were taken straight to quarantine and tested for Covid-19 when they arrived home. The 12 men were believed to have arrived in Tawau on Saturday (March 21) evening.
MCO Day 5: #DudukRumah still lost on some. In Papar, people thronged a supermarket here when the premises advertised the availability of hand sanitisers. District Police Chief deputy Superintendent Batholomew Umpit was quoted in Berita RTM Sabah Facebook Page saying that police contacted the management of the supermarket over the crowding at their establishment.
The Customs Immigration Quarantine and Security (CIQS) Sindumin-Merapok centre at the borders of Sabah and Sarawak will be closed until the end of the movement control order (MCO) at the end of this month. State secretary Datuk Safar Untong (pic) said the CIQS closure takes effect Sunday (March 22) in line with the nation’s effort to curb the spread of the virus that has claimed nine lives including one in Sabah as at noon Sunday (March 22).
It is almost a week into the movement control order (MCO), but cases of Covid-19 continue to increase and more deaths are recorded. For many, this situation is far from what they hoped for and the possibility of the MCO being extended is starting to worry them, with most fearing that the virus would get to them or their loved ones eventually.
Many workers forced to take unpaid leave because of the movement control order (MCO) until March 31 are banking on the RM600 special assistance announced by the government. A salesgirl, who works at a shop in 1Borneo Hypermall, said she and her 11 colleagues were told to take unpaid leave following the MCO.