MELAKA: A vocational college at Alor Gajah was ordered closed until May 4 after 37 of its students tested positive for Covid-19.
Melaka health and anti-drug committee chairman Datuk Rahmad Mariman said the temporary closure order for Datuk Seri Mohd Zain Vocational College (KVDSMZ) was issued by state health authorities on Wednesday (April 21).
"The first infection stemmed from a student who returned to KVDSMZ's hostel after visiting a Covid-19 red zone on April 16.
"Following the emergence of the first case, health authorities carried out swab tests on 196 teachers and students, and 37 were found positive, thus warranting the temporary closure," he said on Wednesday (April 21).
Rahmad said tests are being continued on another 430 close contacts of these 37 individuals as soon as possible.
He said sanitation work had been also performed with the assistance from the Melaka Fire and Rescue Department, and the situation is being constantly monitored.
Rahmad added that several students have been also placed under quarantine following the spike of cases since April 16.