41 new Covid-19 cases, 37 from tabligh gathering

People have been asked to wash their hands frequently and seek treatment if they have symptoms of the disease.

PETALING JAYA: The number of Covid-19 cases rose by 41 today, with 37 of the new cases traced back to tabligh (missionary) convention held in Sri Petaling recently.

Three of the other cases were from close contact to Patient No. 33, while the other had returned from Iran.

A total of 77 cases of infections have now been confirmed from the gathering. “All 77 cases are still being treated in hospitals,” said health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah; one case was in intensive care and the remainder are in stable condition.

The gathering was attended by about 14,500 Malaysians and about 1,500 foreigners.

Noor Hisham said 2,932 participants had been instructed to go into a 14-day self-quarantine at home.

So far, 3,069 participants have gone to public health clinics for check-ups, with 137 being referred to hospitals. Samples were also taken from 1,634 participants after they reported having breathing problems.

“Investigations and contact tracing is still ongoing,” the ministry statement said.

A state-by-state breakdown of the 77 confirmed cases from the Sri Petaling gathering shows:

Sabah (26); Negeri Sembilan (11); Sarawak (6); Johor, Melaka, Selangor and Penang (5 each); Kelantan (3); Perak, Labuan, Pahang, Kedah, Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya (2 each); and Perlis (1)

The total number of infected cases in Malaysia had reached 238 so far.

Noor Hisham said 203 patients are still undergoing treatment while five are in intensive care and are in need of respiratory assistance.

The health ministry has asked the public not to attend any gathering of more than 50 people and urged anyone with symptoms of Covid-19 to step forward for a medical check-up.

Two days ago, a ban was also imposed on travel to Denmark, which is currently under lockdown.

This report replaces an earlier article to reflect later information from the health ministry.