Almost 15,000 Malaysians attended Covid-19-linked tabligh event, up from earlier estimate of 5,000

Health D-G Datuk Dr Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah released an infographics that showed the attendance was as high as 16,000 people, up from the original figure of around 10,000. — Malay Mail picture

By Chew Lip Song

THE number of Malaysians who attended a religious event in a mosque in Kuala Lumpur linked to Covid-19 cases is 14,500, up from the 5,000 estimate reported earlier.

The Health Ministry said in total, an estimated 16,000 attendees at the ijtima’ tabligh at the Kuala Lumpur mosque on Feb 27 to Mar 1, the Malay Mail reported. The attendees include those from neighbouring countries.

Earlier this week, Health Director-general Datuk Dr Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the number of attendees was estimated to be 10,000 people, of which half are Malaysian.

Health authorities have continued urging Malaysians who attended the event to contact the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre via its hotline at 03-8881 0200.

Malaysiakini reported that six Malaysian cases have been linked to the tabligh event – three in Negeri Sembilan, one in Tawau, Sabah and one in Pahang.

The Negeri Sembilan cases include a 27-year-old man, who is a student in South Korea and works as a freelance travel agent.

He returned from South Korea on Feb 22, attended the tabligh event from Feb 27 to Mar 1 and developed symptoms on Mar 3. He travelled overseas again on Mar 4 and returned to Malaysia.

The other two cases in Negeri Sembilan involve a man and a woman, but the Health Ministry did not provide details about them.

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