Sivagangga cluster: No need to close schools in Kedah yet but sanitisation must be done, says Health DG

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 30 Jul 2020

PETALING JAYA: Schools and kindergartens need not be closed in Kedah but all common areas must be thoroughly cleaned to prevent the spread of Covid-19, says Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

"We have identified the cluster in Kedah but we do not suggest closure of schools and kindergartens.

"What we need to carry out is the cleaning (the places), and make sure to disinfect the common use areas," he said in a press conference on Thursday (July 30).

To date, he added, 143 people have been screened from the cluster, with six positive cases found, another 67 were negative, while another 70 still pending results.

The new cluster in Kedah, known as the "Sivagangga cluster", involves the owner of a nasi kandar restaurant in Jitra, one of his family members and four workers.

A total of 73 kindergartens and three daycare centres under the Community Development Department (Kemas) in Kubang Pasu were ordered to close following the emergence of the cluster.

Some guardians and parents were believed to have gone to the restaurant linked to the cluster.

Dr Noor Hisham also said there have been no clusters identified yet involving the Sabah primary school pupil who was Covid-19 positive.

He said there were two Covid-19 cases involving schoolchildren in Sabah, but this was not classified as a cluster.

"When we look at the two cases, one had not attended school. The patient had a fever and was being treated, and when we did the screening, (the pupil) tested positive," he said.

For the other case, he added, the child had other medical complications and was referred to the hospital.

"We have done sampling of the (child's) school and none of the schoolchildren or teachers has been infected as of now.

"There are no clusters formed in schools. Both patients have been admitted to the hospital, and we have isolated them and are treating them," he said.

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