SINGAPORE — A Year 1 student from Raffles Institution (RI) who has been confirmed to have COVID-19 coronavirus infection has prompted RI to suspend school for Year 1-6 and the Ministry of Education (MOE) to suspend classes at the MOE Language Centre (Bishan) for Friday (28 February).
The student became unwell last Friday, said the MOE in a press statement on Thursday. It added that he has been on medical leave and not been in school since. He is linked to another confirmed case in his family, MOE said.
The Ministry of Health said in its media release on Thursday to confirm three new cases of COVID-19 infection including the RI student said the latter is linked to Case 94, a 64-year-old Singaporean woman in his family.
The 12-year-old Singaporean boy tested positive for the virus on Thursday afternoon and is currently warded in an isolation room at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital.
“In light of this, Raffles Institution will be stepping up precautionary measures to protect its students and staff and prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said the MOE.
The suspension of school is to facilitate cleaning and disinfection of RI’s premises. Classes will resume on Monday.
Students, teachers, and staff who had recently come into contact with the student will be issued a 14-day leave of absence. Contact tracing is on-going, said the MOE.
Co-curricular activities will also be suspended for all students for two weeks.
The MOE added that the student had attended a language class last Thursday at the MOE Language Centre Bishan campus located at 11 Bishan Street 14.
The class suspension on Friday is to facilitate cleaning and disinfection of the campus.
Students, teachers, and staff of the language centre who were in close contact with the student will be issued a 14-day leave-of-absence.