By Emma Victoria
IT is believed that the more than 500 Sarawakians, who attended the tabligh gathering at Masjid Sri Petaling in Selangor from Feb 27 to March 1, could have been exposed to Covid-19.
In view of this, Sarawak disaster management committee has urged them to go to the nearest government clinic or hospital immediately.
This is after a Brunei citizen, who attended the event, tested positive for the virus.
The 53-year-old man returned to Brunei on March 3 via Miri, Sarawak by taking AirAsia Flight, AK5651.
The man, however, returned to Miri for a day trip on March 6. He started showing symptoms on March 8 and was confirmed positive the following day.
Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said the Miri division medical service has taken the necessary steps immediately after being alerted by Brunei’s Health Ministry.
They have started identifying and tracking those who had close contact with the patient, including four people seated around the man on the same flight.
Those who come across any suspected cases, can also notify the Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (CPRC) immediately via the hotline at 082-443248.
Meanwhile, Health director general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said based on preliminary information, the religious gathering involved around 10,000 people from several countries.
Attendees from Malaysia is estimated to be more than 5,000 people.