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Sarawak’s first three Covid-19 cases linked to Sri Petaling gathering

A tabligh event at Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque.

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KUCHING — March 13, 2020: Sarawak has recorded its first three Covid-19 cases which are all linked to the religious gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque between February 28 and March 1.

Two of the patients were from the cluster who attended the event while the third was a family member. All three are from here.

“We are appealing to all those from Sarawak who attended that gathering to immediately contact the nearest hospital,” said a statement from Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah.

The Health Department has traced 236 Sarawakians who attended the gathering and placed 173 under home surveillance.

Uggah said the department has designated the General Hospital here, Sibu Hospital, Bintulu Hospital and Miri Hospital as Covid-19 treatment centres.

In Selangor, the state Islamic Affairs Department has temporarily banned all tabligh events similar to the one at Sri Petaling.

This followed the Health Ministry’s revelation that six new Malaysian Covid-19 cases were linked to the gathering. The ministry estimated that over 16,000 people were at the event .

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