A total of 259 or 56% out of the 464 individuals who tested positive for Covid-19 in Kelantan between April 3 and 16 were secondary students, according to state health director Dr Zaini Hussin.
He said the rest were primary school pupils (111 individuals or 24%); teachers, school staff and other individuals aged above 19 (86 individuals or 19%); and children below the age of seven (eight individuals or 2%).
Kota Bharu recorded the highest number of positive cases at 189, followed by Tumpat (113), Tanah Merah (55), Pasir (36), Machang (20), Bachok (17), Pasir Puteh (15), Kuala Krai (8), Jeli (7) and Gua Musang (4), he said when connected today.
Zaini said based on the department’s study, the quick spread of the coronavirus at schools, especially at student hostels, was caused by various factors.
“It was also found that some school managements had failed to comply with the SOPs, causing transmission of the disease,” he said.
He added that looking at the current situation and the detection of new clusters, the department anticipated the number of new Covid-19 cases in the state to reach 200 or 300 each day.