KUCHING: The reopening of secondary and primary school classes in Kuching, Padawan and the Samarahan districts in Sarawak will be postponed from Wednesday (July 15) to Aug 3 in view of recent local transmissions of Covid-19, says Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.
The Deputy Chief Minister said Years One to Four classes scheduled to reopen on July 22 will also be postponed to Aug 3 in the three districts.
He said the state disaster management committee decided on the postponement after five local transmissions were reported in Kuching in the past week, which resulted in one death.
"In the past few days we have received feedback from parents in Kuching who expressed their concerns over the development of Covid-19.
"Based on advice from the state Health Department and with the agreement of the state Education Department, the committee decided that the reopening of schools in Kuching, Padawan and Samarahan to be postponed to Aug 3," he said at the committee's briefing here on Tuesday (July 14).
Uggah said 138 primary and secondary schools will be affected by the postponement, comprising 87 in Kuching district, 48 in Padawan and three in Samarahan.
However, he said preschool, Form Five and Upper Six classes which reopened last month would go on in the three districts.
"Childcare centres and kindergartens are still operating as well according to standard operating procedure (SOP)," he said.
He added that schools in other districts categorised as green zones will reopen as scheduled on July 15.
On the recent local transmissions, Uggah said the source of infection had yet to be identified while contact tracing was being carried out actively.
"I hope that in the next few days we may be able to indicate a possible source of transmission. At the moment we consider the cases as being community-based transmission.
"This is why we have been advising the public to continue to be vigilant, observe personal hygiene, social distancing and comply with the SOP," he said.
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