Covid-19: Tabligh cluster officially ends today

The screening counters set up at the mosque. – Bernama photo.

By Chew Lip Song

THE Sri Petaling mosque tabligh Covid-19 cluster, the largest in the country responsible for 3,375 or 39 per cent of all positive cases nationwide, has officially come to an end today.

Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said over the past 28 days, no new cases were traced to the cluster which had claimed 34 lives out of the total 121 deaths throughout Malaysia.

The religious gathering held from February 27 to March 3 was attended by some 14,500 Malaysians and 1,500 foreigners.

The first two cases from the cluster was reported on March 11, a week after the gathering ended, and the last case linked to the cluster was reported on June 11.

“Today is a meaningful day for this country because we have overcome the odds,” Dr Noor Hisham said in a media briefing in Putrajaya today.

“This achievement is due to the success of the Health Ministry and other agencies in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in this cluster.”

This cluster has spawned 17 sub-clusters and almost 65 per cent of the patients were asymptomatic. He added that 3,341 patients from this cluster had recovered, or a recovery rate of 98.9 per cent.

Dr Noor Hisham also announced that the Health Ministry recorded zero local transmission today, the second time this had happened.

There are three new cases, all imported, pushing the total cases to 8,677.

Five recoveries were recorded in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 8,486 patients, or a recovery rate of 97.80 per cent of all cases.

There were no deaths for the 24th day in a row, with the overall number of Covid-19 fatalities in Malaysia recorded at 121 to date.

On July 1, Malaysia recorded zero cases of local transmissions of Covid-19 for the first time since March.

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