JOHOR BARU: Seventeen schools in Johor have been closed in the past few days following the detection of Covid-19 cases.
State education, information, heritage and culture committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said that the schools were ordered to close from April 18-27.
He said one of the schools - SMK Agama Johor Baru - ordered to close on April 18, was allowed to reopen on Thursday (April 22).
He added that the rest are still currently closed following the order from respective district health offices here.
The affected schools include SK Taman Kota Kulai 2 (closed from April 18-24), SK Taman Bukit Kempas and SK Seri Saujana in Kota Tinggi (April 19-25), SJKC Foon Yew 1 (April 20-22)and SMK Seri Menanti in Muar (April 20-24).
SK Taman Rinting 2, SJKC Pei Chih, SM Agama Attarbiah Al Islamiah, SM Sains Batu Pahat and SJKC Yong Peng 1 are closed from April 20-26, while SJKC Kulai, SJK Saleng, SMK Tun Fatimah Hashim, SMK Ulu Tiram, SK Taman Daya and SMK Senggarang are closed from April 20-27.
On Monday (April 19), state health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said some 159 students from five schools around here have been directed to do screening tests for Covid-19.
He added that the tests were carried out on Sunday (April 18) at the One-Stop Covid-19 Assessment Centre (OSCAC) in Pasir Gudang and Bukit Indah.
“For every student and teacher who tested positive, the Health Department will be carrying out surveillance and close contact screenings to make sure no outbreak happens in the schools," he said.
Vidyananthan however reminded the public to always adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP), adding that the spike in Covid-19 cases among students and teachers in Johor was due to social activities among families.