Covid-19: Parents' concerns grow over suspected cases in two Penang schools, with no confirmation from state health dept

GEORGE TOWN: Two schools on the island are suspected to have Covid-19 cases, but there has been no confirmation from the state Health Department while concerns grow among parents in the affected schools.

The portal The Vibes reported that a Primary One pupil in a school in Tanjung Tokong was reported to be Covid-19 positive on Thursday (April 15).

A secondary school in Air Itam is also said to have reported a Covid-19 case four days ago involving a Form Four student.

The Vibes reported that the parents of the school in Tanjung Tokong were in the dark over the issue and had been unable to verify the case with teachers there.

Air Itam assemblyman Joseph Ng, when contacted on Friday (April 16), said he was aware of the case in the secondary school but did not have any details.

"Since we are not informed by the Health Department on such cases, we find it difficult to update our constituents when they call us," he said.

A senior official with the state Education Department said only the Health Ministry could release a statement on Covid-19 cases, while state Health Department officials could not be reached for comment.

Penang has been grappling with a high number of Covid-19 cases from industrial clusters over the past two months.

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