Covid-19: Lack of SOP compliance suspected for spike in cases at Melaka's Henry Gurney School


MELAKA (Bernama): The recruitment process of new trainees into Henry Gurney School in Telok Mas from all over the country may be the cause of a rise in Covid-19 cases at the centre.

State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said poor compliance to the standard operating procedures (SOPs) was a possible contributor to the sharp increase of cases.

"We are monitoring the situation to identify what had happened.

"I also proposed that during the enhanced movement control order, the entry of new recruits should stop for the time being while existing trainees should not be allowed to go out to contain the infection, ” he said when contacted by Bernama Friday (March 5).

On Thursday (March 4), it was reported that an enhanced MCO would be imposed in the Henry Gurney School in Telok Mas, Melaka, from Friday until March 19 as 152 positive cases were reported as at March 3, involving five staff, eight family members and 139 detainees.

With the spike, the MCO Technical Committee on the advice of the Health Ministry (MOH), agreed to enforce an enhanced MCO at the detention centre from tomorrow to facilitate targeted screening of all inmates involved to control the spread of infection to the community. - Bernama

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