All schools, education institutions in Sarawak's red zones to close for another week

KUCHING: All schools and educational institutions in Sarawak's Covid-19 red zones will remain closed for another week until May 10, says the state Disaster Management Committee.

The committee said the decision to extend the closure was made following Education Minister Datuk Dr Mohd Radzi Md Jidin's announcement on Monday (April 26) that all schools would conduct home-based teaching and learning for two weeks after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri school holidays from May 8 to 16.

"It was agreed in a meeting with the Education Ministry and state Education Department to extend the closure of schools and educational institutions from May 4 to 10.

"During this period, home-based teaching and learning will continue to be carried out," the committee said in a statement on Wednesday (April 28).

However, it said Form Six students who were sitting for the third semester STPM replacement exams were allowed to go to school until May 27.

On April 19, the committee had ordered all schools and educational institutions in red zones to close for two weeks from April 20 to May 3 as a circuit breaker against the surge in Covid-19 infections.

The institutions also included childcare centres, kindergartens, polytechnics, universities and tuition centres.

Red zones are districts with more than 40 cases over a two-week period.

As of Wednesday (April 28), 22 of Sarawak's 40 districts are categorised as red zones.

The committee also said Sarawak reported 416 new cases and six fatalities on Wednesday, taking the state's tally to 29,377 cases with 171 deaths.

The fatalities comprised four men and two women, aged between 30 and 79.

They succumbed to the disease between April 11 and 28.

Three of them were categorised as "brought in dead".

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