The COVID-19 situation in Malaysia especially in Sabah is very worrying as time goes by.
An influx of cases in the Land Below the Wind has caused four districts to be labeled as red zones – Tawau, Lahad Datu, Kunak and Semporna.
This has led the Health Ministry to implement mandatory COVID-19 testing for those coming back from red zones.
According to the Health Director-General Tan Sri Noor Hisham Abdullah, those who have symptoms after visiting a red zone must take a COVID-19 test at the nearest health facility.
“Those who are asymptomatic but who have been to a red zone are also encouraged to take a test and undergo self-quarantine,” he said in a statement
“This is to protect your family, friends and the community. If you have no business outside, it is advisable to stay at home.”
Sabah is currently a hotspot for politicians as many of them are flocking to the state to campaign for the upcoming state elections.
A few politicians have been tested positive for COVID-19 upon returning from Sabah.
Besides Sabah, there is also one red zone in Kota Setar, Kedah, making it a total of five red zones in the country.
Noor Hisham also reminded those who are involved in the upcoming elections regardless of their status and title to always observe the SOPs set by the ministry to help combat the spread of the pandemic.
We can help do our part to help break the COVID-19 chain by practising social distancing, wearing facemasks correctly, and frequently santising or washing our hands.