Covid-19 cases expected to rise in Sabah – Masidi

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Masidi Manjun

KOTA KINABALU (July 28): Covid-19 cases in Sabah are expected to increase.

Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Masidi Manjun said however that this is also the case for the entire country and the world.

“But this is something we have predicted after removing the restrictions. This is bound to happen,” he said during a press conference held at Wisma Innoprise here on Thursday.

He is not ruling out the possibility of a new variant causing the spike in cases, but stated that this is yet to be confirmed by the Health Department.

Nevertheless, Masidi, who is also Sabah’s Covid-19 spokesperson, said that the situation is different from before because most people have been vaccinated.

He added that although the vaccine doesn’t give 100 percent guard against Covid-19, with 98 percent of those infected presently being people who have been vaccinated, most of them are in categories one and two, and not requiring hospitalisation.

“Consider a person going out in the rain with an umbrella. The person can still get bits of rain, but he won’t be that badly affected. But consider a person going out in the rain without an umbrella, the possibility of him getting a fever is high,” he said when explaining the role of the vaccine.

He explained that currently, the health and hospital system can shoulder the burden as not many people infected with Covid-19 need to be hospitalised.