100 students unlikely to go home due to quarantine

MELAKA: Some 100 students of Datuk Seri Mohd Zain Vocational College (KVDSMZ) may not be able to celebrate Hari Raya at home after the quarantine period at their hostels has been extended.

Parents who contacted The Star yesterday said they received messages that the quarantine period for students currently staying at the college in Alor Gajah had been extended to May 13.

The college was first ordered to close by the health authorities on April 24 until yesterday after 37 of its students tested positive for Covid-19.

The first infection was said to be from a student who returned to the hostel after visiting a Covid-19 red zone area on April 16.

Following the emergence of the first case, health authorities carried out swab tests on 196 teachers and students and 37 were tested positive that warranted the temporary closure.

However, 24 new positive cases emerged from May 1-3, with five cases registered on Monday.

Meanwhile, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Lendu’s deputy rector of student’s affair Datuk Ts Dr Mohd Hajar Hasrol Jono said all arrangements for interstate travel from the campus to the students’ homes for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays went on smoothly.

Universiti Teknikal Malaysia (UTeM) Melaka said 3,156 students had applied to travel home from May 7-10.

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