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Nearly 100 students at Islamic boarding school in East Java test COVID-19 positive

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, August 27, 2020   /   01:43 pm
Nearly 100 students at Islamic boarding school in East Java test COVID-19 positive Illustration of COVID-19 (AFP/Handout / US Food and Drug Administration )

Ninety-three students of the Darussalam Blokagung Banyuwangi Islamic Boarding School in East Java have tested positive of COVID-19.

East Java COVID-19 task force tracing team head Kohar Hari Santoso said the students were in a relatively good condition.

“They are being treated by a joint team from the Health Ministry, the East Java Health Agency and the Banyuwangi Health Agency,” Kohar said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday evening.

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He added that the team had taken swab tests from more than 500 students to assess the COVID-19 spread at the boarding school. It had also coordinated with the Banyuwangi administration to provide healthy food for the students.

“They are generally in good condition, but we have also prepared rooms at the Banyuwangi General Hospital if one of the students suddenly experiences medical issues, such as breathing difficulty or other COVID-19 symptoms,” Kohar said.

As of Tuesday evening, Banyuwangi has recorded 213 positive cases, in which 81 patients have recover and eight have passed away. (dpk)