By Nizam Zain
KUALA LUMPUR – The students and staff from madrasah and tahfiz schools have been categorised as the Covid-19 high risk group.
According to the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC), they are linked to the Seri Petaling tabligh assembly, which is also the biggest cluster in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the cluster is still active.
“As of 14 May, a total of 19,209 students and staff from 370 madrasah, tahfiz centres and sekolah pondok have been screened and 635 were tested positive.
“Based on the screening, the positive rate of this risk group is 5.1 percent in comparison to 4.4 percent last week.
“The increment rate is worrying as they could have infected other people and it is increasing,” said the CPRC of the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a statement.
According to CPRC, from the 635 individuals tested positive, 539 or 85 percent of them did not show any symptoms, including no respiratory problem of difficulty in breathing.
In other words, the students and staff of the madrasah, tahfiz centres or sekolah pondok could easily infect their family members, people around them or the local community.
“As of now, six clusters in madrasah and tahfiz with the latest in Madrasah Solok Duku in Melaka (two students and two family members of the staff are tested positive).
“From the 6 clusters, 4 were verified as the sub-cluster of the Seri Petaling assembly. Meanwhile, 2 other are still under investigation,” said the statement.
Meanwhile, the MOH advised the students who had returned home, their parents or guardians to contact their nearest District Health Office (PKD) to arrange for Covid-19 screening.
“For the students who are still at their dormitories, they are requested to remain in their dorms and not leave. Contact the nearest PKD for screening.
“To the owners or management of madrasah, tahfiz and sekolah pondok, they are requested to contact their nearest PKD and to provide necessary information needed by the MOH for focussed approach,” said the statement. –MalaysiaGazette