Health Minister: Twofold increase in Covid-19 clusters in educational institutions

PETALING JAYA: There has been a twofold increase in Covid-19 clusters emerging in educational institutions, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba.

“It was observed there was a twofold increase in the number of clusters from education institutions to 12 in (epidemiological) week 15, as compared to only six in week 14.

“There are 42 active clusters from education institutions as of April 17, ” he said in the weekly Covid-19 Immunisation Task Force press conference on Monday (April 19).

The epidemiological week 15 is from April 11 to 17, while week 14 was from April 4 to 10.

Dr Adham added that based on week 15, the bulk of clusters were from workplaces (46.9%), while the rest were from community transmission (28.1%), detention centres (4.7%) and religious activities (1.6%).

Clusters in education institutions made up about 18.8% of total clusters.

A number of schools made headlines last week as some of their students and staff members were tested positive for Covid-19.

Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg had also said that all schools in Covid-19 red zones in the state would be closed for two weeks starting Tuesday (April 20).

Meanwhile, Dr Adham added that a total of 76 localities were under the enhanced movement control order as of April 17, of which 37 were in Sabah, 22 in Sarawak and eight in Pahang.

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