Saturday, October 3, 2020

Sabah Returnees Spike Up Covid-19 Cases in Malaysia

Malaysia has reported a steady swell in Covid-19 cases after a surge in travel to and from Sabah ahead of its state election.

On Thursday, Malaysia recorded 260 new infections (includes 118 cases in Sabah), the highest since its June 04 peak of 277. On Friday, another 287 cases (includes 113 in Sabah), the highest daily number of fresh infections recorded since the pandemic began in January. 

And today, it's even higher with 317 cases (includes 155 in Sabah)  of which 37 cases spread over 7 states (Johor, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Penang, Sarawak, Selangor and Terengganu) as well as Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya were traced to Sabah. So, 60.6% can be attributed to Sabah!

This shouldn’t have come as a surprise because politicians from the peninsula and Sarawak across ruling and Opposition parties flooded Sabah to campaign during the state election from September 12 until polling day on September 26.
Often without face masks and oft-times abandoning social distancing protocols, Covid-19 spread rapidly throughout the state, racking above 50 cases a day since September 22. 

No action was publicly taken against these political figures and their campaign volunteers who did not follow health SOPs in the Sabah election – despite the Defence Ministry regularly publishing statistics of arrests against ordinary citizens for patronising pubs and/or nightclubs, or for not socially distancing or wearing face masks. 

Unlike common folks who mostly socialize with just a few people in daily life, like their family, co-workers, or friends, a politician’s job (especially ministers, MPs, and assemblypersons) is to meet people and launch events. One MP told CodeBlue that he typically meets hundreds of people a day, more if he attends multiple events. 

At least two politicians tested positive on the campaign trail, while cases linked to travel to Sabah have been recorded in ALL 13 Malaysian states.

What have you got to say, Health D-G Noor Hisham Abdullah?

Ismail Sabri?

Muhyiddin Yassin?

Hmmm, all very quiet on the Semenanjung front!

That explains why the hashtags #PoliticiansCauseVirus and #MinisterCluster have been trending on Twitter in Malaysia since yesterday. 

As at 06:06 PM today, Malaysia has reported a total of 12,088 coronavirus cases so far, including 137 deaths:

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