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State Government urged to impose snap lockdown in hard-hit Covid areas

Photo : Liew (2nd right) handing over 300 food baskets to community leader Andi Rusdiana (3rd left) at Kg Inderasabah in Balung.

TAWAU: The State Government has been urged to consider imposing a snap lockdown only in worst hit areas in the face of a continuing surge in COVID-19 cases in Sabah.

Making the call, Tawau MP Datuk Christina Liew expressed deep concern over the daily four-digit increase in the number of positive cases since the beginning of this month.

She stressed that the Government must take stock of the situation and enforce a partial snap lockdown to keep potential infections at bay, without disrupting the ongoing vaccination drive.

Liew, who is also Api Api Assemblywoman, said she was not asking the Government to impose a full lockdown but only to a certain extent and applicable to localities most affected by the coronavirus in order to curb its spread.

“The Government cannot ignore this phenomenon as the rising pandemic is infecting more people and claiming more lives than ever, based on current statistics.

“Sabah has continued to record a high number of COVID-19 cases without any sign of abatement for now. On Tuesday (August 24), the state set a new record of 3,376 cases, soaring from 2,474 cases the previous day (August 23).

“And the number of deaths has hit the 319-mark this month alone as of Tuesday. (August 24). The people are anxious and asking : What is the Government doing about this spike in cases? What strategies are we adopting to arrest this prevailing upward trend?” she told reporters, Wednesday, after presenting 1,100 additional food baskets to her constituents in the Sri Tanjung (500), Apas (300) and Balung (300) state constituencies, here. Sri Tanjung Assemblyman Justin Wong received the food aid on behalf of his constituency.

Making a contrast, Liew said in July this year, Melbourne ordered a snap lockdown when the Australian city had only 18 cases from its then latest outbreak.

“However, in Sabah, the Government appears to be ‘silent’ of late amid growing public concern, and has not suggested a partial snap lockdown despite the alarming spiralling cases. Whether it involves Category 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5, it is a worrying situation. Of course, we are mindful of the need to strike a balance between lives and the economy,” she added.