Covid-19’s tabligh cluster officially ends

The Sri Petaling mosque in Kuala Lumpur, the centre of the tabligh movement where a convention was held in late February.

PUTRAJAYA: The tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling mosque in late February, which formed the biggest Covid-19 cluster in the country, has officially ended, health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah announced today.

The gathering, attended by some 14,500 Malaysians and 1,500 foreigners, was responsible for 3,375 Covid-19 cases, about 39% of the total number of positive cases nationwide.

In a press conference today, Noor Hisham said there are currently no active cases from the cluster, while no new cases were reported over the past 28 days.

The final patient was admitted on March 9 but was only discharged from the ICU on June 21, before being cleared of the virus and released from hospital on July 6.

He said the cluster’s source of infection could have been from overseas before being spread through the gathering.

The first case from the cluster was reported on March 11, comprising two Malaysians from Pahang and Negeri Sembilan who had attended the gathering.

A total of 34 deaths were recorded from the cluster, more than a quarter of the national death toll, comprising 31 Malaysians and three foreigners.

A total of 42,023 individuals from the cluster were also screened for the virus, with a majority of those testing positive not exhibiting any symptoms.

The cluster led to 17 sub-clusters in seven different states in the country.

Noor Hisham said the ministry will continue to screen those linked to the cluster, especially those from sub-clusters, high-risk groups, tahfiz schools and madrasahs.

He thanked the Sri Petaling mosque for their close support in screening participants, adding that the cooperation of tabligh members helped to prevent further spread of infections.

“The health ministry congratulates and thanks all parties involved for their committed contribution and service in achieving this,” he said.

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