Spike in Covid-19 cases in Johor villages linked to tabligh gathering

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  • Friday, 27 Mar 2020

JOHOR BARU: The spike in Covid-19 positive cases in the two villages in Simpang Renggam now under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO), is believed to be connected to the tabligh gathering cluster at the Sri Petaling Mosque.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said the police did not rule out the possibility that there were some villagers who attended the event and did not self-quarantine once they returned.

“There might be some of them who attended a kenduri within their area but did not realise that they have been infected with the virus, ” he said in a press conference held at the state police headquarters here on Friday (March 27).

Comm Ayob also said that security agencies have set up roadblocks at five major roads and 11 routes that have been identified as entry and exit points around Simpang Renggam.

He added that about 181 officers and personnel from the police and the Armed Forces were involved in securing the areas.

Comm Ayob also said that based on police monitoring on Friday morning, villagers from Kampung Datuk Ibrahim Majid and Bandar Baharu Datuk Ibrahim Majid have been adhering to the EMCO.

“We are very stern about this as three of our men are living in the affected areas and are also not allowed to leave their homes. I urge the public to follow the instructions, ” he added.

On Thursday (March 26), the Government imposed the EMCO starting Friday midnight until April 9 after the areas recorded an increase in the number of Covid-19 positive cases.

In an unrelated matter, Comm Ayob said police arrested 116 foreign workers at a factory in Muar at around 1.40pm on Thursday for breaching the movement control order (MCO) when they attempted to perform Friday prayers.

“We will also be investigating their employer for not taking steps to prevent them, which is also an offence, ” he added.

Comm Ayob said following the latest arrest, the total number of individuals arrested for breaching the order was 149 suspects, 33 of them Malaysians.

He added that about seven Malaysians returned from a tabligh event held at Sulawesi in Indonesia via the Stulang Laut Ferry Terminal at around 11am here on Friday.

“This group is believed to be linked to the tabligh group from Masjid Sri Petaling and has been given a health screening by the Health Ministry. They all tested Covid-19 negative.

“However, all of them have been placed at a quarantine centre here for 14 days, ” he added.

The total number of Malaysians who have returned from the tabligh gathering in Indonesia is 43.

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