KOTA KINABALU, Sept 29 — The new Sabah government’s immediate priority is to get the state’s Covid-19 situation under control, said Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin.
Speaking at his official residence here in Luyang, Bung said there was a worrying rise in Covid-19 cases in the state and that additional targeted enforced movement control order (TEMCO) could be implemented in more parts of Sabah.
Yesterday, the federal government placed a TEMCO on Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna.
“Our main objective is to handle the issue of Covid-19 and I am confident with the position we are in now. I managed to ask the State Secretary, who told me Sabah is still capable of handling the outbreak.
“But if we are forced to, we will look to impose these lockdowns in a few places to protect the people; not the whole of Sabah, but according to areas which have been named as red zones,” he said.
Sabah has of late become Malaysia’s latest hotbed for Covid-19, with new cases in the triple digits over the past few days.
The TEMCO enforced on the four areas is set to last until October 12 after these areas recorded 1,195 cumulative cases from September 1 to September 27.
The lockdown will affect some 962,661 residents in the four districts.
Additionally, Bung said discussions among state government leaders will commence starting tomorrow which will be focused on initiatives to be taken by the state’s Health Department in containing Covid-19.
When asked who would be chosen to lead the state’s battle against Covid-19, Bung said a decision will be made soon.
“In Sabah we have experience in handling Covid-19 as there were even such cases here before (the lockdown).
“We will have to meet and discuss, and then decide on who will take the lead,” he said.
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