Photo of Ong Ye Kung from The Straits Times

Singapore’s Ministry of Education today reported that the coronavirus infection had hit 5 different schools in a single day yesterday (Jul 7):

“Four students and a teacher have tested positive for COVID-19. They are from different schools, said MOE – the students are from Bedok View Secondary School, East Spring Primary School, Jurong West Primary School and Jurong West Secondary School, while the teacher is from Assumption Pathway School.”

At least 240 students and 40 staffs from four schools were quarantined:

“About 60 students and 10 staff each in Assumption Pathway School, East Spring Primary School, Jurong West Primary School and Jurong West Secondary School have been issued either a 14-day leave of absence from MOE or home quarantine order from the health ministry.”

No quarantine order was issued for students and staffs at Bedok View Secondary School, which the Ministry of Health claimed “the risk is low”.

The news came after Education Minister Ong Ye Kung promised that the coronavirus will spread slower if students are in school, than isolated at home.