Vocational college shut after Covid-19 cases detected


GEORGE TOWN: The Health Ministry has ordered Kolej Vokasional Teluk Air Tawar near here to close since Saturday (March 27) after 36 people there tested positive for Covid-19.

State Health Committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said the school was one of two clusters among educational institutions in the state.

The other cluster, Dr Norlela said, was a school in Bukit Tambun where 16 students had tested positive.

"The school, which has about 1,000 students, was not closed because the cases involved only one class," said Norlela in her speech during an engagement session with assemblymen here on Monday (March 29).

Dr Norlela said the situation was under control as the Health Department had carried out sanitisation in the school and isolated the students.

On the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme, Norlela said 97.5% of the frontliners in the state had been vaccinated as of March 24 under Phase One.

"While the total number of frontliners to receive the vaccination was 31,005 earlier, this has been increased to 40,000 now," she said.

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