Sabah Covid-19 cases breach 2,000 mark

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah's daily Covid-19 caseload breached the 2,000 mark today, with 2,069 new infections.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the state also recorded a high infectivity rate (Rt) at 1.54, compared to the national rate of 1.32.

"This means there is a possibility that the number of cases would be higher in Sabah compared to other states," he said, adding that today's caseload increased by 469 compared to yesterday.

However, Masidi said 99.3 per cent or 2,056 of the total new cases were in Categories 1 and 2.

"Only five cases in Category 3, six cases in Category 4 and two cases in Category 5."

Masidi added that over half of the 2,069 new infections reported today were sporadic, which indicated that the virus was already widespread within the community.

"Some 1,075 cases or 51.96 per cent are sporadic infections whose sources of transmission were unknown."

Meanwhile, Sabah also recorded its 19th education cluster today – the Jalan Kebulian cluster in Kota Marudu.

"The index case was an 18-year-old female hostel student in SMK Kota Marudu 2, who showed symptoms of the virus on Feb 2, and tested positive on Feb 3.

"Close-contact screening found seven more people to be positive, bringing cumulative cases to 16. All of them were isolated and given necessary treatment," said Masidi.

Sabah also registered two deaths – one each in Beaufort and Keningau.

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