2,200 people at Victoria JC to be swabbed for Covid-19 after student tests positive

SINGAPORE – A student from Victoria Junior College (VJC) has tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday (May 7), the Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a statement on Saturday.

To curb the risk of transmission, 95 students and eight staff who had been in close contact with the student have been placed on quarantine order.

By May 10, about 2,200 of students, staff, vendors and visitors of VJC will also be undergoing Covid-19 swab tests as a precautionary measure since this is currently an unlinked case, the ministry added.

The student was last in school on Wednesday and developed acute respiratory symptoms later that day.

She consulted a doctor on Thursday and tested positive the next day.

VJC has since thoroughly cleaned and disinfected the school premises, MOE said.

From May 10 to May 14, the school will conduct full home-based learning to allow time for the results of the Covid-19 swab tests to be finalised.

During this period, teachers will keep in regular contact with students and parents.

“With the increase in the number of local cases over the past week, we urge all students and staff to continue practising good personal hygiene and adhering to safe management measures,” the ministry said.

This includes wearing masks, washing hands frequently, wiping down equipment and tables, seeing a doctor if they are sick and returning to school only when fully recovered.

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