The Covid-19 situation in Johor is still under control although new clusters have emerged of late, with the latest being Jeri Cluster involving the districts of Kota Tinggi, Mersing and Muar.
State Health and Environment Committee chairman, R. Vidyananthan said the rise in the number of reported cases, particularly in Kota Tinggi, was the result of active case detection and increased surveillance by the State Health Department in curbing the pandemic.
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Jalan Kota Tinggi, near Kluang, has been ordered to close for seven days from today after one of its Form One students tested positive for Covid-19.
Johor Education, Information, Heritage and Culture Committee chairman Mazlan Bujang said the school was ordered shut to facilitate a cleaning and disinfection process.
Forty-seven private Islamic religious institutions in Johor Bahru, which have yet to register with the Johor Islamic Religious Department (JAINJ), have been urged to temporarily closed their institutions, for 14 days as the district has been declared as a Covid-19 red zone.
State Islamic Religious Affairs Committee chairman Tosrin Jarvanthi said that the institutions include tahfiz centres, private religious schools, madrasahs and pondok, have been ordered to close from today until Nov 14.
The National Unity Ministry has ordered all Tabika Perpaduan preschools and Taska Genius Perpaduan day-care centres in Johor Baru and Kulai in Johor to close for two weeks.
In a statement today, its minister, Datuk Halimah Mohamaed Sadique, said the closures, from Nov 1 to 14, follow the districts being declared Covid-19 red zones yesterday.
"The closures will affect 1,507 children and 124 teachers from 60 preschools and one day-care centre.
The National Unity Ministry has ordered Tabika Perpaduan (TP) and Taska Genius Perpaduan (TGP) nurseries in Johor Baru district and Kulai in Johor to close for two weeks beginning tomorrow because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
In a statement today, the ministry said the Health Ministry (MoH) had declared Johor Baru as a Covid-19 red zone on October 30.
“This directive involves the closure of 60 TP and one TGP with a total of 1,507 pupils and 124 teaching staff,” the statement said.
The Johor Baru city centre and its entire district have been declared as a Covid-19 red zone after recording a spike in cases yesterday.
This was after it recorded more than 40 Covid-19 positive cases in the past 14 days.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said monitoring and surveillance efforts would be actively increased to contain the spread of the virus.
MBSB Bank Bhd has confirmed that two of its employees at the Johor Bahru (JB) regional office have tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement today, the bank said the affected employees were identified as close contacts of an employee who had tested positive for Covid-19 on Oct 23.
Bank Muamalat Malaysia Berhad (Bank Muamalat) today affirmed that one of its Johor Baru Regional Office employees has tested positive for Covid-19.
In a statement, the bank said all employees at the regional office and Johor Baru branch who had been in direct contact with the employee have been asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.
"Contact tracing is also underway, in line with the Health Ministry's guidelines.
Sekolah Agama Taman Cempaka and Sekolah Agama Kempas, here, were ordered closed for a week from today due to the detection of new Covid-19 cases in the state.
State Islamic Affairs Committee chairman, Tosrin Jarvanthi said the schools had been ordered to close temporarily until October 31 following the advice of the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Two more religious schools here have been ordered to temporarily close following the detection of Covid-19 cases.
The two schools, Sekolah Agama Taman Rinting and Sekolah Agama Tafrijiyyah Taman Universiti, were ordered to cease operations for a week.
Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Taman Desa Skudai here will be closed for eight days starting today after a pupil tested positive for Covid-19.
A check at the school today found a notice from the Johor State Education Department hung on the school gate informing of the closure from Oct 16 until Oct 23.
Two public markets in Pasir Gudang, near here, will be temporarily closed starting tomorrow as a measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Pasir Gudang Municipal Council (MPPG) announced the closure of the Pasar Awam Masai and Pasar Muafakat Sabah @ Johor from October 12 to 17, via a notification posted on its Facebook page today.