Tuesday, May 17, 2022

866 children, teenagers in Sabah contract Covid-19

None of them are eligible for vaccination.

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Of the 3,224 Covid-19 cases recorded in Sabah yesterday, 866 of them comprised teenagers and children aged 17 and below.

State Housing and Local Government Minister Masidi Manjun said in a statement that of that number, 565 were aged between six and 17 years, 268 one to five years, and 33 less than a year.

“All the 866 found to be positive for Covid-19 are still not eligible to receive the vaccine. Until yesterday, 53.9% of Sabah’s adult population had received a first dose of vaccine while 32.5% had completed their two-dose vaccination,” he added.

Masidi said of the number of positive cases recorded, 2,119 were aged between 18 and 59 while 239 were senior citizens aged 60 and above.

Masidi, who is also the spokesman for the Covid-19 situation in Sabah, said all the districts in the state recorded rising numbers of cases yesterday, with Kota Kinabalu having the highest number (630) followed by Penampang (413) and Tuaran (348).

“With 2,098 cases recorded from the screening of close contacts, it can be concluded that many might not be adhering to the SOPs set despite the numerous calls and appeals made by the government,” he added.

The number of cases recorded yesterday brought the cumulative figure in Sabah to 131,030, while 2,020 Covid-19 patients had recovered, bringing the cumulative number to 101,624. Another 4,763 patients are still receiving treatment.

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