Schools in Miri, Subis, Beluru to be closed for 14 days as measures to curb Covid-19

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By Adrian Lim

KUCHING, April 18: The schools in Miri, Subis and Beluru districts will be temporarily closed for 14 days immediately as part of the measures to curb the transmission of Covid-19.

The Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee (MDDMC) in a statement today said it has decided that the schools in Miri district be closed temporarily for face-to-face teaching but reverted to teaching and learning at home (PdPR) as soon as possible to curb the spread of Covid-19 in schools.

MDDMC said the decision has been conveyed to Sarawak Education Department director Dr Norisah Suhaili and State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas.

Datuk Lee Kim Shin, who is also the Minister in charge of MDDMC, said he hoped Norisah will give due consideration and approve the request for schools in Miri, Subis and Beluru to be closed temporarily for 14 days.

Following a briefing by Miri Divisional Health Office, Miri General Hospital and Miri Divisional Education Office of the latest Covid-19 situation in Miri yesterday, MDDMC said 13 per cent of the total 3,253 cumulative Covid-19 cases were students.

The committee noted that the majority of the schools in Miri district have more than 1,000 students, one secondary school having over 3,000 students and a few others having more than 2,000 students.

In the meantime, Miri, Subis and Beluru districts are classified as red zones of Covid-19 with more than 41 cases of coronavirus reported in the past 14 days.

On the resumption of physical classes, MDDMC said the situation will be reviewed after 14 days. — DayakDaily