KOTA KINABALU: Health officials today moved to allay public fears following viral messages on social media claiming there was a new Covid-19 cluster involving several residential areas at Luyang here.
There is no truth to such messages, they said, adding that it was nothing but a hoax.
State Health Director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the messages stating there were Covid-19 infections in some of the Luyang areas had been passed around since July 4.
“These messages have caused public concern and the Health Department wishes to clarify that it was a false claim,” she said in a statement.
One of the messages even listed the areas purportedly identified as having a problem and urged the public to stay away from the said places.
The messages surfaced after a woman from Luyang was confirmed to be Covid-19 positive.
Contact tracing got underway following her admission to hospital but worried citizens called on health officials to come out with more details on the woman’s case especially with regard to her recent contacts.
Luyang assemblyman Phoong Jin Zhe who took notice of these concerns said public panic should be taken into account and called on the authorities to give more information so that people can take extra precautions.
In her statement, Dr Rundi, meanwhile, said Sabah continued to report new cases because the department was still monitoring the situation through targeted screening activities on individuals returning from overseas.
Those who exhibit symptoms at the international entry point will be referred to specialist hospitals.
The public was therefore reminded to continue adopting the new norm although the current Covid-19 situation seems to be under control .
Sabah recorded a total of 378 confirmed cases with 12 patients still being treated in six hospitals as of Monday.
So far, a total of 1,100 people are still undergoing their quarantine process, with 827 serving their quarantine orders at home and 273 in 14 quarantine centres.
This brings the total number of quarantined individuals in the state to 71,316.