Following the loosening of certain travel restrictions during the Movement Control Order (MCO), students have started returning to their homes from their campuses. Nearly 5,000 more students in higher learning institutions will be returning home tomorrow, revealed senior minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
In terms of zonal split, the north zone involves 653 students, the east zone (1,165), Sabah (over 2,000), Labuan (11), and Sarawak (833).
Last night, 790 students from nine universities in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya returned to their hometowns in the north zone namely Kedah, Perlis, and Penang.
The minister revealed that tonight, 88 more students from the north zone namely Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UNIMAP), Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Penang, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) and UiTM Merbok, Kedah will return to the central zone.
The government decided to allow students to travel from green zones to their homes in green zones in stages to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection. This is exercise is done in cooperation between the Higher Education Ministry, Ministry of Health (MOH), National Security Council (NSC), Fire and Rescue Department, National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), and the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
To comply with the standard operating procedure, students must undergo screening for body temperature, cough, flu, sore throat and breathing difficulties. Buses that ferry students are also sanitised.
The government will continue to ferry students back to their hometowns in stages until 10 May.
Students are reminded to comply with the MCO, practise social distancing, and observe personal hygiene.
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