PUTRAJAYA — April 3, 2020: About 3,000 participants of the Sri Petaling tabligh gathering remain non-contactable, apparently because some had not returned from abroad.
At the moment all the authorities can hope for is for them to return, be screened and be put on quarantine for 14 days.
This absence, according to Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, is one reason why these people have not been screened.
“Maybe some have still not returned… some may have gone abroad, for example to Sulawesi and India.
“We are still monitoring and we have the records. It is hoped that when they return they will be screened and quarantined for 14 days,” said Noor Hisham at his daily press conference here today
To date 19,032 tabligh participants and the relatives have been screened, with 15,970 samples taken. There are 1,465 positive cases, 10,213 negative and 4,292 pending.
Noor Hisham said Selangor recorded a high number of cases and the sources were the tahfiz and madrasah (religious schools) students, some of whom had attended the tabligh event.
Of the 600 cases in Selangor, half are in Hulu Langat, with many linked to the tabligh gathering, either as participants of their close contacts.
As for the One City Plaza Tower in Kuala Lumpur, 18 positive cases have been detected.
Editor’s note: Earlier news reports indicated that the tabligh gathering in Gowa, South Sulawesi, had registered only 83 participants from Malaysia, among the thousands expected to attend. It was called off by the South Sulawesi provincial government on March 18, the day it was due to begin, but by that time thousands of followers from Indonesia and some foreign countries had started arriving. The government then announced that the 400 plus foreigners would be quarantined for 14 days at a hotel.