KOTA KINABALU, Feb. 19 -- Although sympathetic to the plight of tourism players in the state whose businesses have been suffering during the Covid-19 pandemic, the Sabah government believes the time has not come to allow inter-district and interstate travel yet.

Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said that the state was concerned about the struggling tourism industry but had to prioritise its battle against the coronavirus.

"We must understand that the inter-district travel ban contributed to the reduction in daily Covid-19 cases, in Sabah at least.

"We understand the plight of the industry, and we will look into it and find a way out. But the overriding concern is to win the war against the pandemic, which we are doing,...