KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s daily infections went down below the 1,000 mark for the first time in over a month after the state recorded 962 new cases in the last 24 hours.
The last time the state registered cases below four figures was on Aug 4 at 949. This was 311 fewer than that yesterday.
State Covid-19 spokesman Masidi Manjun said, generally, the cases in most districts in the state had dropped, although there were increases in a few, adding that no districts recorded three-figure cases.
“This is a good sign,” he said, when contacted.
“However, at this stage, it is still too early to predict whether this trend will continue.”
Masidi, who is also the state local government and housing minister, previously attributed the downward trend of infections to the rising vaccination rate in Sabah.
Of the cases recorded today, he said the state capital still remained the largest contributor at 91, but this was a significant decrease of 112 cases compared to yesterday.
Other districts that showed significant reductions were Lahad Datu, Kota Marudu, Keningau, Beluran and Penampang.
However, there was a slight increase in the number of cases in Tawau, Putatan, Kalabakan and Tuaran.
“Close contact infections accounted for the bulk of the cases with 492 (or 51.1%), followed by symptomatic screenings at 368 cases (38.3%),” he said, adding the remaining came from tests at existing clusters or targeted screenings.
“The high percentage of patients detected from symptomatic screenings, also known as sporadic cases, is also a reminder that we should step up efforts to follow the SOPs.”
Masidi said sporadic cases are usually associated with failure to follow the rules to control the pandemic.
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