Ipoh’s St Michael primary school closes for two days following Covid-19 case

A Covid-19 case was detected at St Michael primary school in Ipoh. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon
A Covid-19 case was detected at St Michael primary school in Ipoh. — Picture by Shafwan Zaidon

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IPOH, May 4 — St Michael primary school here has been asked to close for two days after a Covid-19 case was detected at the institution.

State Health, Science, Environment and Green Technology Committee chairman Ahmad Saidi Mohamad Daud said that the school will be closed today and tomorrow (May 4 and 5).

“On the advice of the district health office, the school was closed after a Covid-19 case was reported to the state Education Department today.

“The school’s two-day closure will allow the district health office to make a risk assessment, conduct close contact tracing and carry out sanitation,” he said in a statement.

A message sent to parents and guardians, on the closure of the school, was circulated on social media today.

In the message, it was stated that the school would be conducting online classes throughout the affected period.

It is understood that St Michael will confirm its reopening date later.

The Covid-19 case is believed to involve a Year 6 pupil who attended an event in his neighbourhood on April 24.

The boy exhibited symptoms of fever on April 27, and two days later, a neighbour was confirmed as positive for Covid-19.

The student was ordered by the Health Department to take a Covid-19 swab test on May 1 (Saturday) and the result came back positive on May 3.

However, he has not been to school since April 28.

* A previous version of this story contained an error which has since been corrected.

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