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The number of new COVID-19 cases in Sabah is expected to rise this week.
This, as the state Health Department (JKNS) conducts a large-scale screening starting today (November 17th) at the Telipok Settlement and Kampung Numbak, which have been placed under the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) till November 29th.
“Initial tests in Kampung Numbak found 134 positive cases while in Penempatan Telipok there were 207 positive cases. Both localities have a dense population totalling about 21,000 people,” said Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.
He also pointed out that there were many foreigners living in the two localities: 25.4% of the 134 residents in Kampung Numbak confirmed positive are foreigners while in Telipok 13.4% of the 207 cases are foreigners.
“This is an early indication that the test results may result in a sharp increase in the number of positive cases for the Kota Kinabalu district in the next two to three days," he explained.
But of course, the numbers will depend on the testing process conducted by JKNS.
Sabah reported 288 new COVID-19 cases yesterday (November 16th), with almost 40% of them from Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Tuaran and Penampang.
Hang in there, Sabahans!
by Kyle Roshen Jacob