Sibu primary school student tests positive for Covid-19

File photo of healthcare workers performing the swab test on a student. – Bernama photo

A PRIMARY school student in Sibu has tested positive for Covid-19, Sarawak Health director Dr Chin Zin Hing has confirmed.

“Only one RTK-Antigen positive, admitted and awaiting result (of a second test). We did a PCR test to confirm,” Dr Chin was quoted in The Borneo Post.

Under the standard operating procedures (SOP), teachers and classmates of the students would be swabbed, he added.

Dr Chin also advised parents not to panic.

“The SOP in school is able to prevent spread (of Covid-19) if everybody follows it. Additionally, any student or teacher if ill, please do not attend school,” Dr Chin stressed.

Meanwhile, Sibu Divisional Disaster Management Committee (SDDMC) explained that the SOP for Covid-19 cases in schools was closure for three days for disinfection activities and investigation of Covid-19 infection transmission.

Case contacts at the school would be screened and directed for isolation or quarantine for 14 days.

“However, learning and teaching for such students is still ongoing through online.

“For non-case contact teachers and students, they can attend school as usual after three days of the school’s closure,” SDDMC said in a recent press release.