Photo of Ong Ye Kung from CNA

The Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA) under Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has ordered a number of preschools to close after 3 staffs tested positive for the coronavirus.

Several preschools were closed and some children were identified as close contacts, but no further detail was given by the government.

The ECDA confirmed that “a small group” of children has come into contact with the staffs and they are now put on 14 days quarantine:

“We have directed a 14-day leave of absence be issued for the small group of children and staff members who were recently present with the three confirmed cases in the pre-schools… The pre-schools have been closed for two days for thorough cleaning and disinfection of their premises, and may resume services for children and staff members who are not on a leave of absence.”

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung has insisted that schools be reopened by June 10, despite the rise in community cases. 14 new community cases were reported today (May 21), on top of 434 new cases from the dormitories.