Police have names of 3,800 for screening, says minister

Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob at a press conference in Putrajaya today. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The police have the names of about 3,800 tabligh members who have yet to be screened for possible Covid-19 infection, Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said today.

He said the 3,800 people had attended a gathering at Sri Petaling mosque here last month, which has been the source of 62% of Malaysia’s Covid-19 infections.

About 16,000 people, including 1,500 foreigners, were at the event.

“These 3,800 tabligh members are not only Malaysians but also Rohingyas and illegal immigrants,” Ismail said.

He assured the illegal immigrants that they did not have to fear coming to hospitals for screening even if they did not have valid travel documents. “More importantly, they have to be saved,” he told reporters.

Ismail spoke after visiting a roadblock in Jalan Ampang which was to enforce travel restrictions under the movement control order.

Ismail asked the tabligh members to come forward before the police came knocking at their doors.

Malaysia has recorded 14 deaths from Covid-19, eight of them being cases from the tabligh cluster. Some 212 new positive cases were recorded today, raising the cumulative total to 1,518. Up to 159 patients have recovered.

Sri Petaling mosque area and Titiwangsa declared red zones

Titiwangsa parliamentary constituency and the area surrounding Sri Petaling mosque have been classified as Covid-19 red zones and are to receive intensive monitoring, Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa said.

An area with more than 40 cases is regarded as a “red zone” under health ministry guidelines.

Annuar said Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya had recorded a total of 212 Covid-19 cases while Labuan reported five cases, bringing the tally for the Federal Territories to 217 cases.

Lembah Pantai with 90 cases had the highest number among parliamentary constituencies in Kuala Lumpur while Titiwangsa reported 41 cases.

Annuar said Kuala Lumpur City Hall would use drone technology to monitor stalls at public markets to ensure they are complying with the regulations.

He also said the authorities had to “escort” two tabligh convention participants to undergo health checks yesterday. The pair were picked up at the Jelatek housing project and in Precinct 5, Putrajaya.