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East Java boarding school undergoes rapid COVID-19 testing after Malaysia reports imported cases

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 20, 2020   /   05:48 pm
East Java boarding school undergoes rapid COVID-19 testing after Malaysia reports imported cases A health worker from the Malang Health Agency in East Java takes a blood sample for a COVID-19 test at Lawang Market in Malang, East Java. (JP/Aman Rochman)

The Magetan administration in East Java conducted rapid tests for COVID-19 at the Temboro Islamic boarding school (pesantren) on Monday, following a report that dozens of Malaysian students returning from the school had contracted coronavirus.

"We'll have a meeting regarding the report this morning. And while the meeting runs, some officials will conduct rapid tests at the pesantren," Magetan Regent Suprawoto said on Monday, as quoted by tempo.co.

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The Malaysian Health Ministry announced a day earlier that a new cluster of COVID-19 had emerged from 43 students who had recently returned from Temboro.

"The new cluster was detected at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on April 16," Malaysian Health Ministry health director general Noor Hisham Abdullah said during a daily press briefing on Sunday.

He added that 34 students were now being quarantined in Malacca, while nine others were being treated in Kuala Lumpur.

On Sunday, the Magetan regency was declared a COVID-19 red zone with 10 reported cases. East Java has recorded a total of 555 cases so far.

Indonesia still has a very low testing rate, with only 136 tests per 1 million people, according to pandemic data released by Worldometer. 

Neighboring Malaysia and Singapore have testing rates of  2,988 and 16,203 per 1 million people respectively. (vny)