Another 95 Covid-19 cases detected from tabligh group


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  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: Ninty-five new Covid-19 cases have been confirmed among the tabligh group who attended the mass gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque, making it a total of 338 cases from this cluster, says the Health Ministry.

The information updated up to March 16 noon revealed that the highest increase were in Kuala Lumpur (22 cases), Kelantan (12 cases) and Pahang (10 cases).

In total, the ministry has identified 8,786 participants from the cluster and 3,439 samples have been taken, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said on his Facebook post late Monday.

On March 11, the ministry revealed that it identified a Covid-19 case from its surveillance system which monitors the situation and it was initially thought to be a "sporadic case" which were not from the person under investigation or a close contact of a confirmed case.

However, the "sporadic case" classification was retracted after the ministry located the case to the mosque gathering which was held from Feb 27 to March 3 in Sri Petaling in Kuala Lumpur.

Some 16,000 participants attended the gathering, of which 14,500 were Malaysians.

According to the national Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre, the state with the highest total number of cases are Kuala Lumpur (70), Sabah (57), Negri Sembilan (30), Kedah (26), Johor (22), Selangor (21), Pahang (19) Sarawak (18), Perak (18), Kelantan (16), Penang (13), Melaka (13), Perlis (7), Terengganu (4), Labuan (4).

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