KUCHING: A nursery in Miri was ordered closed for two weeks yesterday because of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD).
The Abim Nursery in Piasau Jaya became the 11th childcare institution in Sarawak to be shut down since July while a primary school in Padawan here was also told last month to suspend classes temporarily.
Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Dr George Chan said 39 new cases were reported throughout the state yesterday, including 18 in Miri division. The other cases reported are in Sibu, Bintulu, Kuching and Betong.
Eight children were admitted to hospital, bringing to 16 the number of HFMD patients currently warded.
None were reported to be critically ill. The cumulative number of cases now stands at 13,363.
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