Malaysia eyes return of mask mandate in schools as Arcturus subvariant surfaces
The mask mandate may make a return to schools in Malaysia, as the Health Ministry is planning to propose the use of face masks once again.
A report quoted Health Minister Zaliha Mustafa as saying that the move was to avoid the resurgence of Covid-19 due to the XBB1.16, or Arcturus, variant.
Dr Zaliha said she would hold a meeting with Education Minister Fadhlina Sidek on the matter soon.
“I will meet her (Ms Fadhlina) this week to discuss guidelines and why we need to control the spread of Covid-19 in schools, especially with the new highly transmissible Arcturus variant,” she said.
The guidelines and the standard operating procedure will be released before schools reopen on May 2.
“This is important because we are worried that students will get infected after moving around due to the Hari Raya holidays, which could cause a Covid-19 outbreak in schools,” she told Berita Harian.
Dr Zaliha told The Star that the use of face masks is a recommendation and not a mandate.
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