1 in 10 of tested tabligh cluster has Covid-19, says health D-G

Ragananthini Vethasalam

Roughly 1 in 10 of those in the Sri Petaling Mosque tabligh cluster who have been tested for Covid-19 are found to be infected by the coronavirus. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, March 22, 2020.

ONE in 10 of those who attended the Sri Petaling Mosque tabligh event and screened tested positive for Covid-19, Health Ministry director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.

This represents 743 of the 6,700 samples taken from tabligh attendees to date, he told a press conference.

“We have managed to trace 11,000 of them. 

“Out of the 11,000, we have done the sampling for almost 6,700.

“This works out to one out of ten people screened who have tested positive.”

The tabligh event at Masjid Jamek Sri Petaling was held from February 27 to March 1.

The Health Ministry estimates that some 14,500 Malaysians and 1,500 foreigners attended the event, in which participants camped in tents and ate from shared plates.

Noor Hisham said the ministry is concerned that the coronavirus could spread among the attendees and he had personally engaged with leaders of the movement to explain the situation and challenges.

He reiterated calls for attendees to come forward and get screened.

“We need to find them, we need to test them, isolate them and we need to treat them,” he added.

Of Malaysia’s 10 deaths to date, the ministry has identified six from the tabligh cluster. The others were a pastor, a mother and daughter pair, and a doctor.

Malaysia’s total number of infections as of today is 1,306, an increase of 123 cases from yesterday.

A graphic issued by the ministry today also showed that of the 1,306 total infections, 820 or 62% of the total, are from the tabligh cluster. – March 22, 2020.

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  • Can I suggest something: our government should quickly do what South Korea have and is doing; be pro active and screen as many people as you can, especially in these red hot areas. Resources may be constrained; be humble seek assistance from other countries like China or Korea, otherwise we are in danger of spinning into an uncontrollable disaster.

    Posted 4 years ago by Wee Tiong Kian · Reply

  • MOH should test all the tabligh attendees.

    Posted 4 years ago by Henry Lau · Reply