CNY ‘Isolation’ for Negeri Students with Spike in Covid-19 Cases, Clusters

SEREMBAN: Students in Negeri Sembilan categorised as close contacts and ordered to undergo quarantine in school will not be allowed to return to their hometown during the Chinese New Year holiday next week, menteri besar Aminuddin Harun said.

He added that Form Five students living in hostels were also not encouraged to return to their hometown during the period, Bernama reported.

“We hope parents will give their cooperation. We want to ensure that these children are healthy to sit for the SPM exam which will be held soon,” he told reporters after chairing the state Covid-19 special security committee meeting here today.

Aminuddin said 743 students from educational institutions in the state had tested positive for Covid-19, involving 11 education clusters as of yesterday.

He said the 11 active clusters comprised eight educational institutions registered under the state education department and three private institutions.

“The situation is still under control. The monitoring and compliance with SOPs will be tightened in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19 in educational institutions,” he said.

Aminuddin said if there was a new cluster in day schools, close contacts would be sent to the quarantine station (QS) at the Higher Education Leadership Academy in Bandar Enstek.

Yesterday, 311 new Covid-19 cases were recorded, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 117,962 with 1,334 deaths.

Besides the education clusters, four workplace clusters and one detention centre cluster are still active, Aminuddin said.

He added that the government rest house in Seremban would be turned into a Covid-19 quarantine and treatment centre if necessary.

Earlier today, the health ministry reported that Negeri Sembilan has the highest Covid-19 infectivity rate (R-nought, or R0) of 1.18.


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