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Jakarta Post

Three Indonesians who attended mass prayer in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 17, 2020   /   12:57 pm
Three Indonesians who attended mass prayer in Malaysia test positive for COVID-19 Malaysian health workers wear protective suits as the second batch of Malaysian nationals evacuated from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, arrive at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang on Feb. 26. (AFP/Muzzafar Kasim / Malaysia's Ministry of Health)

Three Indonesian citizens who participated in a mass prayer during 2020 Jhor Qudamak, a mass Islamic gathering, in Malaysia have tested positive for COVID-19.

Foreign Ministry acting spokesman Teuku Faizasyah confirmed that three individuals had taken part in the grand tabligh (religious) gathering.

“All three have been hospitalized in Malaysia,” Faizasyah said as quoted by on Monday.

Malaysia reported 190 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, up from 12 on Friday, with the new cases said to be linked to the gathering. 

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The country has traced around 5,000 of the 14,500 Malaysians who attended the event.

The Malaysian Health Ministry said it would place the event participants and their closest contacts in quarantine for 14 days.

The event was held at the Sri Petaling Jamek Mosque from Feb. 27 to March 1 and was attended by 16,000 people from various countries, Reuters reported.

The mass gathering was attended by 700 participants from Indonesia, 200 from the Philippines and 95 from Singapore, Channel News Asia reported. Singapore said it was currently tracking its citizens linked to the event.

Meanwhile, in Brunei, at least 38 of the 40 COVID-19 cases in the country have been linked to the event. (syk)