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Covid-19: 5 Kedah Schools Now Closed After Positive Nasi Kandar Shop Owner Who Broke Quarantine Sparks New Cluster

Covid-19: 5 Kedah Schools Now Closed After Positive Nasi Kandar Shop Owner Who Broke Quarantine Sparks New Cluster

The PUI Sivagangga cluster now includes two school kids aged 7 and 10 years old.

Kirat Kaur

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Five schools in Kedah are now closed after the state government declared four mukims are now under Targeted Enhanced Movement Control Order (TEMCO) following the explosion of new cases in the PUI Sivagangga cluster – which stemmed from a Covid-19 positive nasi kandar shop owner who flouted home quarantine orders after returning from India.

The closure of the Kedah schools comes shortly after the Health Ministry confirmed on 2 August that two primary school students aged 7 and 10 years old tested positive for the virus after their parents dined at the nasi kandar shop.

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The five schools ordered to close are a mix of primary and secondary schools in two districts:

  • Kubang Pasu – SMK Hosba, SK Hosba, SMK Megat Dewa
  • Padang Terap – SK Kubang Palas

According to Malay Mail, the schools will be closed for 28 days until 29 August, with 14 days quarantine and 14 days observation.

Meanwhile, the TEMCO is administered at four mukims which lay within a 1-kilometer radius from the nasi kandar shop in Hosba.

The nasi kandar restaurant in Hosba, Kedah has been shut down after the owner and several workers tested positive for Covid-19.
(Credit: @Kedahan14/Twitter)

The four mukims under TEMCO are:

  • Kubang Pasu – Mukim Ah, Mukim Hosba, and Mukim Binjal
  • Padang Terap – Kampung Ulu, Padang Sanai

According to Astro Awani, the National Security Council (MKN) states that schools within the TEMCO areas are closed to everyone while movement and travel within the areas are restricted only to essential services.


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