The government has agreed to have the Ministry of Education (MOE) issue a school closure order if there are teachers or students tested positive for COVID-19 without having to wait for a risk assessment by the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the decision was reached at a special meeting of the National Security Council on the Management of COVID-19, which he chaired via a video conference at his residence today.

He said during the meeting, new cases of COVID-19 in Selangor and the Federal Territories were discussed, including cases involving the pupils at Sekolah Kebangsaan Bangsar here.

Muhyiddin said the meeting also focused specifically on the COVID-19 situation in Sabah.

“Since the number of cases in the state (Sabah) is still showing an upward trend, the meeting also agreed to have the MOE to look into the need to close all schools in Sabah. Senior Minister of Education will make an official announcement on this,” he said in the latest posting on his Facebook page.