Preschooler Tests Positive For Covid

CHRISTINA RUNDI

KOTA KINABALU: A girl, believed to be a preschooler from Penampang, was among the two new Covid-19 infections detected in the state yesterday.

State health director Datuk Dr Christina Rundi said the girl was found positive for the virus in a screening prior to her admission to the Women and Children’s Hospital here.

“Her contacts at home and school have been identified and due for screening at the nearest screening centre,” she said, in a statement today.

She said the second infection involved a Malaysian woman from Beluran who was referred from the district hospital to the Duchess of Kent Hospital in Sandakan for further management.

“From there she was then referred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where she was tested positive for Covid-19 prior to her operation.

“Her close contacts in Beluran, Sandakan and Kota Kinabalu have been identified and they are required to get screening at the nearest health facility.”

These two infections were cases 401 and 402 in the state.

Yesterday, State Education Department director Mistrine Radin said a preschool at SK Penampang would be closed after a pupil was suspected of having contracted Covid-19.

However, she later clarified that only a classroom would be shut to give way to sanitisation and quarantine for 14 days.

Rundi, however, did not mention about these details in her statement.

Meanwhile, the health director said based on the department’s monitoring at the international point of entry, some passengers did not provide information on their travel from overseas trips within the past 14 days prior to their arrival in Sabah.

“This information must be declared in the Health Declaration Form upon entering Sabah.

“Action will be taken under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Disease Act 1988 (Act 342) for failure to provide this vital information.

“This is a serious offence which may cause spread of the disease from outside the state.

“The department will continue to monitor the entry of individuals from abroad and within the country at the international point of entry through the health declaration forms,” Rundi said.