KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government's decision to order schools with Covid-19 clusters to shut was aimed at protecting other students and teachers in such schools from being infected.
Sabah Covid-19 spokesman Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said the state's decision was to ensure that Covid-19 infection could be curbed or "localised" without it spreading to other areas.
"This drastic action is also a reminder to all involved, from the school management to teachers, students and parents to take proactive measures to reduce the risk of infection for students and teachers," he said in his daily briefing on Saturday (Jan 29).
He said standard operating procedures (SOP) in the workplace or school must be strictly enforced, he added.
On Friday (Jan 28), the state government ordered the state Education Department to close schools with active clusters.
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 to operate but must abide with the standard operating procedures in place under the state government decision.
Masidi said that the number of schools affected by order to temporarily close would be known only after the Chinese New year holidays.
Meanwhile, he said Sabah recorded a slight decrease in new Covid-19 cases to 267 cases on Saturday compared to 358 cases reported Friday (Jan 28).
Masidi said eight districts recorded double -digit daily cases with Tuaran recording 55 new cases, Sandakan district recorded 53 cases, followed by Kota Kinabalu (53 cases), Tawau (22 cases) and Penamapang (14 cases).
He added that there were no new clusters reported.