Covid-19: Heads of two schools in Alor Gajah test positive

MELAKA: The headmistresses of two schools in Alor Gajah are being treated at Melaka Hospital after testing positive for Covid-19 five days ago.

"They have been warded," Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said on Saturday (April 17).

However, he said the schools, SJK(C) Kiow Min Rembia and SJK(C) Machap Baru, have been allowed to operate as usual, with necessary sanitation carried out.

It is believed both headmistresses had contracted the virus from family members and had not been into their respective schools after testing positive on April 12.

The two had attended a meeting with the Education Ministry at a hotel here on April 12 together with about 200 vernacular school heads in the state.

Health authorities have tested all attendees and only the two tested positive.

Meanwhile, the SRJK (C) Bukit Beruang parents and teachers association chairman Datuk Ronald Gan said he had learnt that 27 pupils and six teachers from the affected Year Three class had tested negative for Covid-19.

He said the class would resume as normal on Monday (April 19) after completing the compulsory ten-day quarantine.

Health authorities ordered the quarantine after a Year Three pupil tested positive, who contracted it from his parent.

Gan attributed the school's strict standard operating procedure (SOP) for containing the virus effectively.

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