Tuaran now a Covid-19 red zone

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah reported a red zone in the district of Tuaran following a sudden increase in positive cases throughout last week.

Sabah Deputy Chief Minister, Datuk Dr Joachim Gunsalam, said the district recorded 26 new cases throughout last week, compared to 18 cases the week before.

He said Tuaran was the only district with the highest number of cases at the moment, which had caused it to return to the red zone with the number of positive cases exceeding 40.

"The analysis of Covid-19 cases for Epid Week (EW) 19/2023 (last week) shows that only three districts recorded a decrease in weekly cases, namely Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.

"Sixteen other districts did not record any cases, namely Putatan, Ranau, Kudat, Kota Marudu, Pitas, Sipitang, Tambunan, Tenom, Nabawan, Tongod, Semporna, Kalabakan, Telupid, Kinabatangan, Lahad Datu and Tawau.

"Districts that recorded an increase in the number of cases in EW 19 compared to EW 18 are Tuaran, Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Penyu, Papar, Penampang, Beluran, Kota Belud, Beaufort, Keningau and Kunak.

"No deaths due to Covid-19 were reported throughout the state for EW 19," he said in a statement on the weekly Covid-19 development in Sabah, here.

Overall, he said the number of new cases in EW 19/2023 throughout Sabah increased by 68 percent to 64 cases compared to 38 cases the previous week, with all cases being local cases.

He said the average daily active cases for EW 19/2023 also increased by 40 per cent to seven cases compared to five cases the previous week.

"The number of Covid-19 patients in treatment has also increased by six per cent to 166 cases in EW 19 compared to 156 cases in EW 18," he said.

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