Schools seeing more cases

PUTRAJAYA: Over 1,000 schoolchildren have been infected with Covid-19 since the third wave of the outbreak in the country began a month ago, it was revealed.

Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said from Sept 20 to Oct 21,587 cases involved primary school pupils aged between seven and 12, and 670 cases involved secondary school students aged between 13 and 18.

“This is the number of cases affecting schoolchildren during the third wave, ” he said yesterday.

When the outbreak started in February, Covid-19 infected 830 children in primary schools and 1,315 secondary students, he said.

The government had since Sept 20 directed 12 schools in the country to be closed following the Covid-19 cases in schools, he added.

“If a student is infected, we close their school for a week to undergo disinfection, sanitisation and contact tracing. The infections are from outside but could spread in the schools, ” he said.

On the daily national tally, he said there were 847 new cases and five deaths, raising the death toll to 204.

Active cases are up to 8,183.

In total, Malaysia has recorded 23,804 Covid-19 cases since January.

A total of 486 patients were discharged, bringing the number of recoveries to 15,417.

Dr Noor Hisham said the bulk of fresh infections continued to come from Sabah, with 578 new infections (68.2%) reported in the state alone.

“This is due to the hard work being done in Sabah, with more health workers mobilised from the peninsula and also in Sabah to conduct Covid-19 screening.

“At the same time, there are more lab results returning from the RT-PCR tests as well as the antigen RTK (rapid test kits) tests from our screening exercise, ” he said.

Selangor was the second highest state with 132 new cases, followed by Negri Sembilan with 38 and Labuan with 29.

There were six new clusters, making it a total of 99 active clusters in the country so far, he said.

The cluster with the biggest increase was the Kepayan Prison cluster in Kota Kinabalu, with 155 new cases. In total, the cluster has 582 cases.

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