Three students from Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah in Ipoh tested positive of COVID-19 after undergoing swab tests last week.
“They were found to have contracted the virus infection after a mass swab test performed on more than 600 students, teachers and staff of the school,” he told Ipoh Echo when met at the Casuarina Convention Centre recently.
“Another Form Two student started having breathing difficulties and was sent for testing, although it’s yet to be determined if the student has contracted the virus,” Mohd Akmal added.
Following the outbreak, some 200 students who are symptomatic or are close contacts to existing cases were ordered to undergo quarantine at the Allied Health Sciences College in Ulu Kinta.
Another 370 students are in self-quarantine at the school’s hostel since October 25. At the present, the situation is still under control, although school operation has ceased to prevent further infection of the virus.
Previously, the Perak Islamic Religious Department (JAIPk) had ordered temporary closure of Sekolah Raja Perempuan Taayah after a COVID-19 positive student from a nearby school, Sekolah Izzuddin Shah, stayed at the said school’s hostel.
Sekolah Izzuddin Shah was also ordered to close from October 23 until a later date after further instruction from the National Security Council (MKN).