No Need to Close Schools, Covid-19 Cases Still Under Control, Says Negeri MB

SEREMBAN (Bernama): The Negri Sembilan government sees no necessity to close the current school session as the Covid-19 cases among students and teachers in the state are still under control.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said this adding that the cases have only affected two schools so far.

“The public should not panic…everyone should comply with the prescribed standard operating procedures (SOP), ’’ he told this to reporters after launching a programme with zakat recipients in the Seremban district on Saturday (April 24).

The programme, organised by the Negri Sembilan Islamic Religious Council (MAINS), was also attended by its chairman Datuk Dr Abdul Aziz Sheikh Ab Kadir.

Aminuddin also reminded parents not to send their children who have symptoms or are close contacts with Covid-19 patients to school.

On Friday (April 23), SMK Seremban 2 here was ordered to close for seven days until April 29 after 17 people were confirmed positive.

Meanwhile, 179 individuals from Sekolah Menengah Agama Persekutuan Labu were placed at the Institut Aminuddin Baki quarantine centre and Higher Education Leadership Academy (AKEPT), Nilai, after three of its staff were confirmed with Covid-19, but the school was not closed.

On the programme on Saturday, Aminuddin said MAINS allocated RM152mil to be distributed to eight groups of zakat recipients in the state.

He said, of the amount, RM37mil were for the poor and needy, as well as to be given as aid to mosques and surau statewide.

Meanwhile, Abdul Aziz said MAINS had raised the monthly aid for the poor up to between RM250 and RM800 based on the “kifayah fakir” rate and between RM250 and RM550 for the “kifayah miskin” rate.- Bernama


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