Covid-19 cases detected in 102 secondary schools in Sabah since January, says Masidi

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  • Monday, 08 Feb 2021

KOTA KINABALU: Covid-19 cases were detected in 102 of the 221 secondary schools in Sabah since Jan 16, says state Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun.

He said that most of the schools were continued to stay open following the detection after the Health Department assessed the risks involved.

"The state Health Department assesses each case and if they find that it could lead to a cluster from the school, then the department will make a decision to temporarily close the school for 10 days to check on any possible spread," he said.

He added that it enables the health authorities to carry out Covid-19 screening on close contacts.

He said that if students infected at schools were detected early, then immediate steps could be taken to quarantine close contacts, and schools will be allowed to continue functioning.

The teachers and students for such schools would be allowed to operate, he said, adding that they would be closely monitored for the Covid-19 symptoms and have to follow strict SOPs.

He said eight schools temporarily closed in Sandakan have been reopened.

A total of four students and 14 teachers were infected following the closure of the schools last month.

On a viral message claiming that a local family of a Covid-19 patient who died and had to pay RM6,000 to an undertaker for funeral expenses, Masidi said all funerals undertaken by the Sabah Health Department for Covid-19 patients were free.

"I appeal to anyone not to exploit or manipulate mourning families for huge profits," he said, adding that it was likely in the case that the family had made a private arrangement with the undertaker for the burial of the deceased.

On night markets, Masidi clarified that the state government allows night markets to open but would leave it to the local councils to decide.

"I believe the local councils will decide if they could ensure strict SOPs are followed before deciding to allow night markets to open," he said, adding that some markets involved many entry points and made it difficult for local enforcement to ensure SOPs are followed.

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