The Borneo Post (Sabah)

Tawau folk reminded to take precaution­s to avert new clusters


TAWAU: Residents in the district have been reminded to take health precaution­s to avert new infection clusters and a potential fourth wave of the devastatin­g Covid-19 pandemic.

Tawau Member of Parliament Datuk Christina Liew said earlier, there were encouragin­g signs of abatement but currently, it is a worrying situation again, likely due to a lapse in adherence to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the government.

Citing statistics, the former Deputy Chief Minister noted that since March 30 until today, Tawau has topped the state in the daily count of new positive cases, rising from 23 on that day to 78 on April 9 and peaking at 87 on April 10. On Thursday (April 15), the figure stood at 58.

"We cannot afford to adopt a lackadaisi­cal attitude by not observing the SOPs, simply because Sabah has been placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO) which has been extended to April 28.

"Life is precious. We only live once, so please value your life. Do not expose yourself to unnecessar­y risk. Social gatherings or outdoor activities should take a back seat for the time being.

"We are not out of the woods yet. Until such time, senior citizens in particular should avoid going out if there is no urgency or unless they have to go for a medical review at the hospital," Liew said in a statement, Friday.

Employers were also reminded to ensure their employees' strict compliance with the Covid-19 SOPs to reduce their exposure to risk at the workplace.

Liew, who is also Api Api Assemblywo­man, urged Tawau folk to register for the Covid19 vaccinatio­n programme without further delay to protect themselves and their families.

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