Three PJ church members test positive for Covid-19


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 21 Mar 2020

PETALING JAYA: Three members of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) have tested positive for Covid-19.

They are Datin Doris Ho, the wife of Pastor Datuk Dr Daniel Ho, and two members who were part of a Bible study group.

According to a circular that was sent to members, the church contacted members of the group in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, and all are undergoing self-quarantine and monitoring themselves for symptoms, and arranging for lab testing.

It said the church, one of the largest in the country, is in the midst of assisting the Health Ministry to trace those who might have come into contact with the trio recently.

According to Daniel, he and his wife were tested yesterday.

“Mine came out negative whereas hers is positive. There are two others in DUMC who were tested positive, too.

“Many have expressed kind thoughts, love, concern and prayers for us during this time from around the country and across the world,” he said in a message to the Christian community.

Located in Section 13 here, DUMC has about 5,000 worshippers in weekly attendance and over 300 study groups, also known as cell groups.

Other than the English congregation, being the largest at 3,000, there are also five other language congregations, namely Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil, Myanmar and Nepalese.

In his message, Daniel said: “We are faced today with an unprecedented global challenge where not only many were infected by Covid-19, but also many have lost their loved ones and the numbers are still rising rapidly.

“Many healthcare professionals in Malaysia and around the world are under enormous strain to cope with their massive tasks and responsibilities.

“Their family members have sacrificed and paid a high price too.

“Some of them have sadly even paid with their lives in performing their duties at the front line. Governments, businesses and so many sectors of society are battling with this catastrophic disaster.

“The human and economic costs are already mind-boggling and it is scary to think of the eventual outcome.

“We must continue to pray for good, wise decisions and actions by those in charge and cooperation to be undertaken by all.”

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