KUALA LUMPUR, March 11 — Malaysian authorities are tracking around 5,000 citizens across the country believed to have been potentially exposed to the coronavirus at a religious event in the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur, the Health Ministry said today.
The contact tracing was initiated after neighbouring Brunei reported its first case of coronavirus infection yesterday, a 53-year-old man who had attended the same event at a mosque between February 27 and March 1, the ministry said in a statement.
“Based on preliminary information, the religious event involved an estimated 10,000 people from several countries including Malaysia,” Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said.
MOH urges all who had attended the ijtimak tabligh at Seri Petaling Mosque, Kuala Lumpur fr 28 Feb to 1 Mac 2020, to cooperate with our health officials to ensure COVID-19 does not continue to spread. Pl call CPRC hotline or contact the respective district health departments ASAP pic.twitter.com/Yg4zJKOxPS— Noor Hisham Abdullah (@DGHisham) March 11, 2020
“The Health Ministry urges all who had attended the event to cooperate with health officials to ensure Covid-19 does not continue to spread in their communities.”
Malaysia reported 20 new cases of coronavirus infection today, bringing the cumulative tally to 149.
The new cabinet under Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, which held its first meeting earlier the same day, imposed an entry ban on all Iranian, Italian and South Korean nationals due to the coronavirus outbreak in those three countries.
Malaysians returning from Iran, Italy and South Korea would be quarantined for 14 days, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said. — Reuters