Recall consent to allow students in dorms and hostels to return minus rT-PCR test cert to prevent outbreak

Lina Soo (file photo)

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KUCHING, April 30: Sarawak People’s Aspiration Party (Aspirasi) calls on the State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) to recall permission to allow students in dormitories and hostels to return without rT-PCR test certificate, to prevent Covid-19 outbreak in rural areas.

Aspirasi president Lina Soo said many of the students are asymptomatic and are silent super spreaders and allowing them to go home now to their “kampungs” and longhouses without clearing them for the Covid-19 infection carries too big a risk to the family members and residents.

“The SMDC must revert to the original policy of giving the students the rT-PCR test before allowing them to go home, in order to prevent the avoidable catastrophe of any student bringing the Covid-19 to the home and village.

“Prevention is better than cure and we cannot afford to make any mistake at all in the management of Covid-19,” she said in a press statement today.

Soo also questioned whether the decision was made because the Sarawak government does not even have the means nor the capability to apply the rT-PCR test on a small segment of the population who are boarding students and university students living on-campus.

“Nationwide, it has been reported that there are more than 40 clusters in schools and colleges, with more than 23,000 students below the age of 12 having contracted the virus,” she added. — DayakDaily