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Five ART false positives in first two weeks of classes

Rokiah Mahmud

The Ministry of Education revealed that 14,284 students from Years 10 to 13 underwent antigen rapid test (ART) screening in the first week of the academic year. From the tests, two false positives were detected.

In the second week, 15,030 students were tested and three false positives were recorded.

Minister of Education Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Hamzah bin Haji Sulaiman during a press conference yesterday said COVID-19 positive students were not infected while at school but are the result of household transmissions.

He said, “If there are positive cases detected through ART, the MoE has standard operating procedure (SOP) where the students will undergo PCR tests at hospitals or health centres immediately. They are only allowed back at schools after producing a negative result and on advice by the Ministry of Health (MoH).”

The minister urged parents and guardians to monitor their children and not send them to school if they experience symptoms such as fever, flu or cough and should seek medical treatment.

“Parents and guardians need to inform the school about the condition of the students or household members instructed to undergo quarantine order (QO) and not yet go through PCR test. Students need to show a negative result from a swab test and seek advice from MoH.”

While at home, the students will have online classes or use home learning packs.