Top News Inter-district travel banned in Sabah as Covid cases spike By TTG Asia / Posted on 2 October, 2020 12:05 The Sabah state government has banned inter-district travel in Sabah from October 3-16, after Malaysia reported 260 new coronavirus cases on Thursday (October 1), its second-highest daily jump since the start of the outbreak, with majority of the new cases originating from Sabah. The spike in cases came after a surge in travel to and from Sabah for the state elections. Of the 260 tally, Sabah accounted for 118 cases. Thirty-one of the new cases in other states involved Sabah returnees. Inter-district travel will be banned in Sabah from October 3, after surge in Covid cases following travel to and from Sabah for the state elections; Malaysia Election Commission staff checking temperature of a candidate during the 16th Sabah State Election nomination day at Dewan Kiulu pictured The latest virus surge is also Malaysia’s biggest daily jump in infections since June 4, when the country recorded 277 cases involving a cluster at a Selangor immigration detention centre. Under the inter-district travel ban, all businesses are allowed to operate as usual as long as it does not require travelling out of the district. Elsewhere, the Sarawak state government has temporarily banned the entry of non-residents from Sabah and Labuan from October 4-18. Sarawakians in Sabah and Labuan will be allowed to return home, but they will have to undergo a 14-day quarantine at designated facilities upon arrival, and take two Covid-19 tests during that period. Earlier, four districts in Sabah – Lahad Datu, Tawau, Kunak and Semporna – had been placed under the targeted enhanced movement control order from September 29 to October 12. Meanwhile, Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents, Tan Kok Liang, has advised Malaysians to defer their holiday plans to Sabah till after mid-October.