As of 5th April 2020, the number of COVID-19 cases in Sabah hit 238, with 13 new infections reported, 34 healed cases and two new deaths. The largest concentrations of Sabah’s COVID-19 cases are located in the East Coast, led by Tawau with 67 cases, followed by Lahad Datu with 38 cases and Kota Kinabalu with 34 cases.
Sabah was previously facing a shortage in COVID-19 test kits, limiting the number suspected Persons Under Investigation (PUI) that can be tested daily. According to the Sabah State Health Department (JKNS) Director, Datuk Christina Rundi, as of 8am yesterday (4th April 2020), 117 Covid-19 patients, 89 Persons Under Investigation (PUI), and 41 patients with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) were treated at six specialist hospitals state-wide.
As of 18th March 2020, the Sabah government has imposed immigration restriction order to non-Sabahan residents and tourists. Those who have just returned from abroad were also required to conduct a medical check and do 14-day self-quarantine at their respective homes. In an effort to ‘flatten the curve’ of the COVID-19 infections, Malaysia has imposed a nationwide Movement Control Order (MCO), which started on 18th March 2020. The MCO is a partial-lockdown that is aimed at encouraging people to stay at home and, thus, breaking the chain of infection.
The MCO was initially scheduled to end on 31st March 2020. However, it has since been extended until 14th April 2020.
The COVID-19 outbreak has negatively affected many businesses — tourism especially — with most industry players forced to put an indefinite pause on their businesses activities. The best way to help the industry survive during these times of trials is by not cancelling your trip and asking for a refund. Rather, choose to reschedule your travels to a later, safer date. This decision you make will help support Sabah’s economical recovery and her beloved people survival.