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Khamis, Julai 18, 2024

Tighten control at entry points to nip new problem in the bud

Liew (2nd right) receiving the 200 food baskets from Chan. At right is Mustapha.

KOTA KINABALU: Former Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Christina Liew has expressed concern over the gradual increase in the number of variants of concern (VOC) here.

The Tawau MP and Api Api Assemblywoman urged the enforcement authorities to tighten control at entry points in order to nip the problem in the bud.

“As it is, the prevailing COVID-19 phenomenon in Sabah is bad enough. From mid May until this month, Sabah has persistently witnessed a three-digit daily increase in cases. Since July 4 until July 13 (with the exception of July 8 and 11), Kota Kinabalu has topped the state in terms of the daily tally. 

“Let us not aggravate the situation further. We are still struggling with vaccination administration towards achieving our goal of herd immunity,” she said in a statement on Wednesday after presenting food baskets to local residents, together with MP for Kota Kinabalu Chan Foong Hin.

She was commenting on a media report that cumulatively, Sabah has 10 VOC cases -three Delta cases in the KD Mahawangsa cluster named “Ocean Blue”, three Alpha in the Gusi cluster in Kinarut, Papar, and four Beta cases, whose location or source of infection was not revealed specifically by the authorities. All 10 are reportedly local cases.

Earlier, Liew received 200 food baskets from Chan whose parliamentary constituency covers the three state constituencies of Api Api, Luyang and Likas. Also present were Sabah PKR Deputy Chairman Mustapha Sakmud and Api Api DUN Liaison Officer, Grace Lee.