PETALING JAYA: With the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) 2020 examination underway, the Health Ministry has reminded those involved to comply strictly with Covid-19 guidelines.
Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah advised all parties involved, including examination staff, administrators, parents, and guardians, to always comply with the Central Assessment Management and Public Examination Guidelines.
“Examination candidates must ensure that they are healthy and free of symptoms such as fever, cough, flu, sore throat and shortness of breath while at any examination centre.
“For that, candidates are required to fill in the Covid-19 screening declaration form to declare their health status on a daily basis, ” he said in a statement yesterday.
Dr Noor Hisham said during examination week, parents should always monitor their children’s health status and inform the school if their children showed any symptoms.
“While at the examination centres, preventive measures should always be practised such as wearing face masks, frequent washing or hand sanitation, not sharing equipment or stationery with other candidates, as well as adhering to physical distancing.
“This should always be practised before, during and after the examination, ” he said, adding that candidates should also limit their movement and reduce contact throughout the examination period to reduce the risk of being infected with Covid-19, which would enable them to take all the papers.
Meanwhile, Malaysia recorded 2,253 new Covid-19 cases yesterday bringing the cumulative total to 295,951.
There were also 11 deaths recorded which brought the fatalities toll to 1,111.
Dr Noor Hisham said 3,085 recoveries were recorded, which means a total of 266,846 patients have recovered from the disease nationwide.
“There are still 201 patients in intensive care units, with 93 requiring ventilation support, ” he said.
He said Selangor recorded 633 cases followed by Perak (545), Johor (276), Sarawak (250), Sabah (129), Kuala Lumpur (122), Penang (93), Kelantan (73), Negri Sembilan (68), Kedah (25), Pahang (21), Melaka (13), Perlis (four) and Terengganu (one).
“Ten new clusters have been identified in Selangor, Johor, Sabah, Penang, Kelantan and Perak while 16 clusters have ended.
“Eight of the new clusters are related to workplaces with the remaining two identified as community clusters, ” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said the workplace clusters in Selangor were the Persiaran Freesia construction site, Teknologi Emas, Jalan Jenjarum and Bukit Putra.
“In Johor, the clusters are Simpang Tiga Muar and Jalan Mega Satu while in Sabah, it is Merotai Besar and in Penang, it is Genting Terang.
“The two community clusters were Kampung Telekong and Kampung Columbia in Kelantan and Perak respectively, ” he said.
Dr Noor Hisham said clusters that had ended were Kompleks Segamaha, the Lebuh Puteri construction site, the Flora construction site, Taman Batik, Jalan Tengar, Jalan Slim, Kejaya, Ladang Sebrang, Bukit Gelugor, Jalan Kota Burok, Keluli Tujuh, Kampung Tanah Merah, Jalan Empayar, Jalan Bistari Dua, Pulau Lima and Jalan Rusa Scientex.
“There are still 493 active clusters with 91 of them reporting additional cases.
“The clusters with the highest number of cases reported yesterday are the Jalan Changkat Jong (474 cases), Simpang Tiga Muar (55 cases), and Tembok Tapah (54 cases) clusters, ” he said.