CORONAVIRUS | Nearly half of the Covid-19 cases in the country could be traced back to the cluster involving a religious gathering in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
This was based on updated figures from the Health Ministry, released today.
According to the ministry’s director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, there were 972 Covid-19 cases that were classified as “patient under investigation”.
Now that the investigations were completed, it was found that these cases were linked to the Sri Petaling cluster, from the index case up to the fifth generation.
“Therefore, the number of Covid-19 cases linked to the Sri Petaling gathering is (currently) 3,347, up from 2,375 thought previously.
“This meant that the cluster and sub-clusters contributed 48 percent of Covid-19 cases in the country,” he said during his daily press briefing today.
The Sri Petaling gathering took place between February 28 and March 1 involving participants from all over the world.
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The Health Ministry has tested over 17,000 cases from the tabligh Covid-19 cluster, of which over 1,500 are positive, 10,900 negative and 4,500 pending. There are more tabligh members returning from Sulawesi, India and Pakistan, who have not been tested.
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New positive cases now from fourth, fifth generation of tabligh cluster, Health D-G says
Sunday, 29 Mar 2020 07:25 PM MYT
BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY
KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — The new positive cases of Covid-19 infection are largely seen among those who have been infected through four or five generations from the original Sri Petaling tabligh event, Health’s Director-General Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said today.
In a press conference in Putrajaya, he said the infection chain triggered by the tabligh cluster has already widened within just one month, and now there are no more new cases from the first or even second generation.
“The number now we see, that the tabligh group, or the congregation from Sri Petaling, have already gone into the fifth generation,” he told a press conference.
“So no more first generation, second generation. Within a period of one month, the expansion already we are seeing, is a result of the fifth generation.
“The new clusters will be indirectly related to either the fourth generation or the fifth generation,” he said, adding that the spread is “all over” mainly because the tabligh congregation members also went to mosques to pray, and infect other attendees there.
Dr Noor Hisham said that to date, 17,965 members from the Sri Petaling mosque congregation have been screened, with 12,842 samples taken.
Out of that, 1,254 tested positive to date, while 7,084 tested negative with 4,504 still awaiting their results.
“This means that we have 5,123 of those need to undergo the sample testing,” he said.
IGP: Health ministry gave data on chain of infection involving 40,000 individuals
Bernama -April 4, 2020 10:23 AM
KUALA LUMPUR: Police received data on the chain of Covid-19 infection involving about 40,000 individuals, including those linked with the tabligh assembly cluster, from the health ministry.
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the data had been analysed by a task force from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headed by Bukit Aman CID chief Huzir Mohamed to identify those most likely to be infected by the virus.
He said police had identified several areas where there were individuals and groups that were required to go for Covid-19 screening.
The data also enabled police to help the ministry identify up to about 11,000 participants of the tabligh assembly at the Sri Petaling mosque.
“From this data, the team refined and used specific methods to identify the network of close contacts, travel (history) and who might be affected by those involved,” he told Bernama.
Complete information, such as their home addresses, telephone numbers and identity card number was given to the ministry to enable the individuals to go for screening.
Hamid said many of the tabligh members had been screened, and urged the public not to criticise and discriminate against them.
He said the team was also trying to get information on tabligh members who were overseas, and details would be supplied to the Immigration authorities for action to be taken upon their return.
CORONAVIRUS | The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) has received the data on the chain of the Covid-19 infection of about 40,000 individuals, including those linked with the tabligh assembly in Seri Petaling, from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the data was analysed by a task force from the Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headed by Huzir Mohamed to identify those who are most likely to be infected by the virus.
He said from the data provided, the police have identified several areas where certain individuals and groups that are required to go for the Covid-19 screening.
“We analysed the data by helping the MOH to identify up to about 11,000 tabligh members who attended the assembly at the Sri Petaling Mosque recently.
“From this data, the team refined and used specific methods to identify the network of close contacts, travel and who might be affected by those involved,” he told Bernama in Bukit Aman.
“We have identified the individuals concerned, including getting complete information, such as their home address, telephone number and identity card number, for the MOH to contact the persons concerned to attend the Covid-19 screening,” he said.
He said many of the tabligh members had been screened and urged the public not to criticise and discriminate them.