4,868 Covid cases from education sector: Dr Adham

by TMR/ pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MALAYSIA has reported a total of 4,868 cases from 83 clusters involving the education sector from Jan 1 until April 20, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

He said that of the total 83 clusters, a total of 49 clusters with 2,617 cases are still active and 34 clusters with 2,251 cases were declared expired.

Meanwhile a total of 39 clusters with 1,420 cases involved schools under the Education Ministry while 19 clusters with 1,870 cases involved higher education institutions and the remaining  25 clusters with 1,578 cases are from other education sectors.

According to Dr Adham, whenever the State Health Department is informed of any new positive Covid-19 cases, the Health team from the District Health Office (PKD) will be mobilised to conduct investigations, contact tracing, infection prevention and control measures as well as assessment risk.

“Based on this assessment, the authority will decide whether there is a need to close the class or premises temporarily,” he explained.

More schools nationwide were ordered to close in the past few days, with 19 in the Petaling health districts and two in Johor Baru.

Earlier, the Kelantan Education Department has ordered all schools and educational institutions in seven districts placed under the Movement Control Order (MCO) to be closed until April 24 on rising Covid-19 cases.

The Malaysian Reserve (TMR) recently reported that experts are relooking at the return of PdPR, the Education Ministry’s home-based learning system due to the possible new wave of infections.