7,000 students still stranded at campuses

More flights have been arranged to send home students stuck on campuses.

PETALING JAYA: About 7,000 students still stranded at their campuses nationwide will be flown home in three days, said Senior Minister (Security) Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said about 50,000 college and university students have returned home so far.

“A lot of parents have sent WhatsApp messages to me and campus students have also made appeals that they will miss the celebrations,” he told a daily briefing here.

He said the National Security Council had agreed to bring forward their trips by two days. Initially, the flights were to be on May 28.

“They will be back home on the third day of Raya.”

He said two or three flights were undertaken to Sabah earlier this week.

Ismail said on May 26, 1,480 students are scheduled to travel on four flights from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Kinabalu, with 1,148 students from Kota Kinabalu returning to KL.

Another two flights will carry 332 students from Kuching to KL.

“They have undergone swab tests at their universities,” he added.

On quarantine centres, he said 271 places are operating with 19,262 individuals undergoing mandatory isolation.

Yesterday, 582 Malaysians returned from overseas, he said, adding that since April 3, 39,820 Malaysians have undergone the 14-day isolation.

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