PUTRAJAYA: A total of 743 cases from the tabligh cluster have tested positive for Covid-19, out of 11,000 people from the group who have been traced so far.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said he had engaged with the jamaat (group) leaders to seek cooperation in getting the tabligh participants to get screened.
“This is not to stigmatise the jamaat tabligh (participants). We are concerned with the spread of the virus as the gathering (at Sri Petaling Mosque last month) comprised participants from various countries,” he said.
He said Malaysia, which was in its fourth phase of mitigation, was a crucial time with a small window to break the infection, following the Movement Control Order being enforced.
Meanwhile, he said a total of 25 patients had fully recovered and were discharged today, bringing the total discharged to 139.
The Health Ministry reported 123 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the number to 1,306.
Dr Noor Hisham said 46 of them are being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU), of whom 22 needed ventilator support.
Coronavirus threats in our mosques
Concerned Muslims on social media are calling on the authorities and the Muslim community in various mosques to investigate the participation of Nigerian representation at the annual Ijtimah (convention) held between 27the of February and 1st of March 2020, in Malaysia.
The country’s Health Ministry discovered that after the conclusion of the programme, 77 Malaysian participants were found to be positive of the virus, with additional 99 new cases.
Muslim News findings revealed that no fewer than 16, 000 participants across the world (14,500 Malaysians, 1500 foreigners) graced the event at the Sri Petaling but all efforts to track the details of Nigerian representatives at the convention have proven abortive.
A social media user, Kabir Al Asfar, posted on Facebook, after the Malaysia incident; “On a serious note, the NCDC ( Nigeria Centre for Disease Control) needs to know and track down any Nigerian who attended that tablighee ijtima in Southeast Asia. This is because the members of tabligh move around very much. This isn’t a sectarian post. This is pure common sense. Help me tag the NCDC if you can or send this to them.”
It is however not certain if the NCDC or the Nigerian Muslim community has identified anyone that attended the event, same way no one from the Jamah has presented himself for screening despite the fact that many mosques do not have temperature scanners.