Covid-19: Latest Cases Involve Student, Person Detected Through Contact Tracing

KOTA KINABALU: The latest confirmed case of Covid-19 in Ranau has been categorised as an imported case which was detected through the sample taken at the arrival hall of Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA).

State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said, the case involved a student who was flown through a chartered flight from Sarawak.

“The patient has been placed in a quarantine centre upon her arrival in Ranau.

“The patient was then admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Saturday for further treatment,” she said in a statement here, on Sunday.

Christina also disclosed that the latest Covid-19 case in Lahad Datu was detected through a positive case contact tracing activity. The patient has been warded at Lahad Datu Hospital.

“Investigations on both of these cases are still being conducted by the Health Office authorities,” she said.

Sabah has recorded a total of 343 positive Covid-19 cases to as of Sunday, including the two cases in Ranau and Lahad Datu.

Meanwhile, a total of 5,058 individuals had entered the state via Sindumin since the implementation of the Phase 4 movement control order (MCO) on April 29.

“Everyday, an average of 203 individuals are inspected at the main entry point of Sipitang.

“Yesterday, four health officials from the Sipitang Health Office had screened a total of 107 people at the Sinduman-Merapok entry point, from 6am to 6pm,” she said.

Separately, a telecommunication shop in Sandakan has been shut down for not adhering to the social distancing regulation.

The premises was among the 647 premises inspected on Sunday by authorities from the State Health Department (JKNS) and relevant agencies in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The shop was closed under Section 18(1)(f) of the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases Act 1998.