Nearly 2,000 Malaysian Tabligh Participants Awaiting Coronavirus Test Results

Most of those pending test results are from KL and Putrajaya, Sabah, Johor, and Selangor.

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — A total of 1,990 participants of the tabligh event in the Sri Petaling mosque here are still awaiting Covid-19 test results, health authorities said.

According to Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, majority of those pending test results are from Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (493), Sabah (328), Johor (273), Selangor (273), Kedah (178), and Pahang (164), with most of the other states in double digits.

Dr Noor Hisham said 513 Malaysians from the Muslim gathering have tested positive for the novel coronavirus — comprising the majority of the total 790 Covid-19 infections in the country. One 34-year-old male tabligh participant without any previous health problems died from Covid-19.

Among the 513 who tested positive, 91 were from Sabah, followed by Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya at 75, Johor (53), Selangor (40), Sarawak (38), Kedah (31), Negri Sembilan (33), Pahang (29), Kelantan (28), Perak (28), Penang (28), Melaka (17), Terengganu (10), Perlis (7), and Labuan (5).

Samples from 4,986 people have been taken. A total of 2,559 people tested negative. Health authorities have tracked 10,650 tabligh participants. An estimated 14,500 out of the 16,000-strong gathering were Malaysians.

The majority of the tabligh participants tracked by health authorities were from Sabah at 2,426, followed by Selangor at 1,924 people, Pahang (910), Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (764), Johor (709), Sarawak (656), Perak (577), Sarawak (656), Kelantan (614), Penang (483), Terengganu (470), Kedah (323), Negri Sembilan (262), Perlis (109), and Labuan (52).

The total number of coronavirus cases in Malaysia has reached 790, after four straight days of daily new infections surpassing 100. No details of other clusters, aside from the tabligh gathering, were released by health authorities.

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