KUALA LUMPUR — March 19, 2020: The authorities have traced 10,650 participants of the recent tabligh event at the Sri Petaling mosque, with 513 testing positive.
Following this other participants are asked to voluntarily undergo health checks.
“#Covid-19: Up until 12 midnight March 19, 2020, 10,553 of the tabligh congregants that attended the gathering at Masjid Jamek Seri Petaling have been checked, 4,986 samples taken and 513 positive.
“One of the tabligh congregants aged 34 died the day before. The Ministry of Health urges tabligh congregants that have yet to come forward for checks to come forward to be checked,” wrote Health director-general Datuk Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah at Facebook today
He attached to his post statistics on the participants who have been traced, including 659 who were admitted to hospital and 6,627 placed under home surveillance.
Of the 4,986 samples from those checked, 513 tested positive, 2,559 negative while the results for 1,990 samples are pending.
Those who tested positive were 91 from Sabah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya 75, Johor 53, Selangor 40, Sarawak 38, Negri Sembilan 33, Kedah 31, Pahang 29, Kelantan, Perak, Penang 28 each, Melaka 17, Terengganu 10, Perlis 7 and Labuan 5.
It was estimated that 16,000 people were at the event.
In Indonesia the government has cancelled a similar gathering in Gowa, Sulawesi, that was due to take place from today to Sunday.
Those who have arrived will be isolated, including a few hundred from six other countries, and quarantined for 14 days. It has been reported that 83 of them are Malaysians.
An official said on Indonesian television that the organisers had never asked to permission to organise the event and neither was one given.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the Malaysians will undergo health screening and quarantine once they return.