The Jakarta Post
The Indonesian School in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Monday began to run temperature screenings for all students and staffers before they could enter the school premises, amid growing concerns over the global spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The measures were taken in accordance with previous calls from the Malaysian and Indonesian authorities to prioritize early detection to curb the spread of the virus.
“Students, teachers and staff who are not feeling well are allowed to rest at home and encouraged to visit the nearest hospitals or clinics,” said school principal Encik Abdul Hajar in a statement received on Wednesday.
The school has called on students and staff to take care of their hygiene by washing their hands regularly, eating healthy and nutritious food and by avoiding crowded places outside the school area.
There are a total of 414 students who go to school there, from kindergarten to high school. Meanwhile, another 39 people are teachers or part of the school staff. All are Indonesian nationals.
As of Wednesday, real-time data from Johns Hopkins University’s Center of Systems Science and Engineering recorded at least 129 cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Malaysia.
More than 119,000 people have been infected worldwide, of which around 65,700 have been recovered.
The virus, which has spread to 109 countries, has killed more than 4,200 people since the first outbreak in China’s city of Wuhan late last year.