Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Increase in school-related clusters, says health ministry

Affected schools and classrooms will be advised to close based on health and risk assessments, says health minister.

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The health ministry has recorded an increase in clusters in the education sector, with 20 recorded from March 20 to April 4.

Health Minister Dr Adham Baba said the biggest cluster was the Paloh Rambai cluster in Kelantan which involves teachers from various schools in Ketereh and Kok Lanas as well as the Kota Bharu UiTM.

In Petaling Jaya, he said, the education cluster involves two Tamil vernacular schools in Shah Alam.

“The education cluster is mostly caused by infections from colleagues and social contacts,” he said at a press conference today.

“When a positive case is reported to the district education office, a health team will be deployed for investigation, contact tracing and supervising the school in disinfection.”

He said the district health office would also conduct thorough health and risk assessments to ensure that the clusters can be managed.

“Depending on the assessments, school administrations will be advised by the district health office to close schools or classes which record positive cases as preventive measures.

“The said schools or classes can resume if the preventive measures have been taken,” he said.

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