Sabah announced on Wednesday that all deaths outside hospital facilities in the state would be regarded as Covid-19 deaths. The deaths would retain this status until conclusively proven otherwise. PCR and RTK-AG tests will be used to determine if a death was caused by Covid-19. This ruling was stated in the latest edition of the state’s Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
How Deaths Will Be Handled
According to Sabah’s Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun, the newest version of the SOPs requires all non-hospital deaths to be reported to the nearest police station. After a police report has been made, the report will then be sent to the district health office.
In a daily statement about the latest updates on Covid-19 in Sabah, Masidi, who serves as the state’s official Covid-19 spokesperson, said, “All remains must be brought to the hospital morgue by the Health Ministry’s team with the assistance of police for Covid-19 tests. Those found positive will be handled based on existing guidelines.”
Thus far, Sabah is the only state in Malaysia which requires deaths to be handled in this way. No other state has even considered adding this requirement to its SOPs as of yet.
Regardless of whether a death would ultimately be found to have been caused by Covid-19, all deaths of Muslims in Sabah will remain under the purview of the state’s Islamic Religious Affairs Council for the purposes of burial. Deaths of people of other religions are to be managed by corresponding religious leaders.
Non-religious people who live in rural areas will have their deaths handled by village chiefs. Masidi did not specify any information about deaths of the non-religious in urban areas.
Covid-19 in Sabah
On Wednesday, a total of 184 cases were recorded in Sabah. There were three deaths. Two deaths occurred in Tawau while the third death took place in Semporna.
Many of the new cases could be traced to the Kionsom Kecil cluster. The Kionsom Kecil cluster is a new cluster which was recorded in the state capital of Kota Kinabalu.
This cluster has been linked to community transmission. It is widely believed that this transmission occurred during the Kaamatan celebration on May 31.
“The index case is a 31-year-old man who works at Jijiko Engineering Sdn Bhd in Inanam and was tested positive during a screening on June 9,” Masidi said.
“The cumulative cases (stand) at 40; 34 samples from close contacts are still awaiting results.”
Among all of Malaysia’s states and federal territories, Sabah has registered the third-most Covid-19 infections to date. With over 66,000 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, Sabah is only outranked by Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.
17th June 2021 16:06
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