KOTA KINABALU, Aug 21 — A total of 33,799 people received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Sabah today making the total number of those fully vaccinated to 730,603 or 26.9 per cent of its adult population. 

State Local Government and Housing Minister  Datuk Masidi Manjun said another 21,466 people received their first shot today, making the cumulative number of those vaccinated with one dose to 1.37 million people to date.

“With these numbers, the percentage of Sabah’s adult population given at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine is now at 50.3 per cent,” he said in a statement tonight.

Meanwhile, Masidi, who is also Sabah’s COVID-19 spokesperson said the number of new COVID-19 cases reported today remained high at 2,651, which is 87 cases less compared with 2,738 registered yesterday.

He said 447 of those cases were actually the result of a backlog of more than five days, 364 between four to five days and 936 cases between two and three days.

“This means 66 per cent of daily cases or 1,747 cases were registered two days after screening results were received. This needs to be understood to dispel the perception that the daily cases were compiled within a 24 hour period,” he said. 

Masidi also said one new cluster, the Cantawan Cluster, was recorded today in Lahad Datu which is a workplace cluster in the Silabukan district with 46 cumulative cases.

The index case involves a male oil palm estate worker aged 24, who tested positive on Aug 16.


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