Shafie: Step Up Measures To Fight Covid-19

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah has called on the authorities to step up enforcement efforts to ensure strict adherence to SOPs following a spike in Covid-19 infections since July 24.

Caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said a report from the state Health Department showed the cumulative number of cases on July 25 at 384 but went up by 18 cases to 402 cases as of last Tuesday.

“The number of Covid-19 cases still being treated in hospitals for this period has gone up four times from four cases to 16 cases,” he said, in a statement here today.

“The state government views the rise in positive cases seriously and is worried the spread of the pandemic will continue to go up if control efforts are not tightened.”

Besides stepping up enforcement, Shafie said the state’s command centre also decided that it is compulsory for everyone to wear face masks in public areas as well as to wash their hands with soap and water or sanitiser, as well as to practise physical distancing.

“Business operators must also limit the number of patrons in their premises at any given time depending on the size of their space.

“The entry and exit must also be separate, with health screening to be strict at the entrance.

“The number of attendees for social and official events is to be limited to 150 people for a maximum period of three hours only and food is to be packed or served by waiters.

“Premises operators are also reminded to regularly carry out sanitisation efforts,” he said.

Shafie said the state also urged the authorities to widen the Covid-19 random screening coverage and not only to those identified as high-risk.

“If need be, screening at all air, sea and land entries should be reinstated,” he said.

He again reminded the people to avoid the 3Cs which is crowded places, confined spaces and close conversations as well as to refrain from doing unnecessary travels or outdoor activities.