Covid-19 outbreak at matriculation college

KUALA PILAH: Thirty-one students and three lecturers at the Kuala Pilah Matriculation College here have tested positive for Covid-19, says district security and disaster management committee chairman Mohd Faizal Abdul Manap.He said they were sent to the Tampin Quarantine and Treatment Centre after their results were known on Thursday.

“The college has also been closed and we are not allowing anyone to enter or leave the premises,” he said, adding that the new cluster is known as Intan Delima 2.

He said a total of 523 students and lecturers had since undergone testing.

Mohd Faizal said 105 people who were close contacts of those who tested positive were also being quarantined at the college for now.

He advised parents not to panic as measures were taken to prevent the virus from spreading further.

State health exco S. Veerapan said a targeted enhanced movement control order was imposed after the students and lecturers tested positive for Covid-19. Targeted MCO will be imposed until Dec 8.

Covid-19 was detected in the college on Nov 21 when one of the lecturers tested positive during routine screening.

“The health authorities continued to carry out more screenings in the following days where more cases were detected.

“A large-scale exercise involving 326 individuals was carried out on Dec 1 and those found to be positive were immediately separated and placed in one block,” he said, adding that some were taken to the treatment and quarantine centre in Tampin.

Another 105 individuals who were close contacts were also quarantined in a separate building.

He said all students and lecturers would be tested again on Dec 6 to ensure they were free of the virus and for the targeted MCO to be lifted.

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