Covid-19: Two new clusters involving state GOF HQ and school detected in Sabah


KOTA KINABALU: Two Covid-19 clusters, involving the General Operations Force (GOF) headquarters and a school, have been detected in Sabah on Friday (Jan 28).

State Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun (pic) said the GOF cluster was in Papar and the school was in Kota Belud.

He said the GOF cluster, known as the Persiaran Palma Cluster, arose from a birthday party.

He said a total of 25 people have been detected under the cluster, involving personnel at the headquarters who live in neighbouring Tuaran and Penampang districts.

For the school cluster, Masidi said a SMK Dallas student’s aunt is believed to be the index case that led to a total of 22 students and teachers testing positive after close contact screening.

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The school cluster, known as Kluster Batu 24 Nabalu, has also spread to cases in Kota Kinabalu and Tuaran.

It is the seventh school cluster detected this month.

Masidi said Sabah continued to record an increasing number of cases with 358, which was 16 more than Thursday’s numbers.

Meanwhile, the state government has ordered the Education Department to immediately close all schools with active Covid-19 clusters.

It was learned that the schools would remain closed for two to three weeks based on the advice of the state Health Department.

However, schools holding important examinations could continue but must abide by the standard operating procedures in place.

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