A student at another boarding school was infected with COVID-19, making it the second case after Maktab Rendah Sains MARA Sultan Azlan Shah (MRSM) in Kuala Kangsar.
The latest case involves a student of a religious school located at Jalan Selekoh, Bagan Datuk, and is reported to be from the Batu 20 Selekoh cluster that had two new cases as of yesterday (December 3).
It is understood that 12 cases of COVID-19 infection have been reported at the religious school.
The Menteri Besar of Perak, Dato’ Saarani Mohamad said, however, the actual number of students who were infected was not disclosed.
“There are indeed infections among school students, especially in boarding schools. But those who were infected have already undergone quarantine in separate dormitories, so that the infection will not spread any further.
“Therefore, no school in Perak has been closed so far. The affected schools are still open, but the infected students are quarantined in separate dormitories,” he said.
He said this when met by reporters after officiating the opening of the Perak Youth Council Conference at Hotel Casuarina, Meru in Ipoh today (December 4).
Commenting further, Saarani said his party has not received the official figures of COVID-19 infection involving schools so far because there are schools that are not under the coordination of the State Education Department (JPN) or the Ministry of Education (KPM).
“Due to this, there are two different sources from where we have to obtain information, although I believe there are no serious issues related to the spread of infection because each infected student is quarantined in their respective hostels,” he said.