KOTA BARU: More than half of the 464 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the state over the past 14 days are secondary school students, says state Health director Datuk Dr Zaini Hussin.
He said this group made up 56% or 259 individuals who tested positive between April 3 and 16.
The rest are primary pupils (111 individuals), school staff and other individuals aged above 19 (86 persons) and children below the age of seven (eight).
Kota Baru recorded the highest number of positive cases at 189, followed by Tumpat (113), Tanah Merah (55), Pasir (36), Machang (20), Bachok (17), Pasir Puteh (15), Kuala Krai (eight), Jeli (seven) and Gua Musang (four).
Dr Zaini said based on their study, the quick spread of the novel coronavirus at school, especially at the students’ hostel, was caused by various factors.
“It was also found that some school management bodies had failed to comply with the standard operating procedure, causing transmission of the disease, ” Dr Zaini added.
Looking at the current situation and the detection of new clusters, the department said it anticipated that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the state may be as high as 200 to 300 cases daily. — Bernama