MOH identifying 95 S'poreans possibly exposed to Covid-19 at religious event in M'sia with over 10,000 attendees

Investigating the incident.

Nyi Nyi Thet | March 12, 2020, 02:46 PM

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The Malaysian health ministry said on March 11 that it started contact tracing involving a religious event near Kuala Lumpur, after neighbouring Brunei reported its first case of Covid-19 on Tuesday, March 10.

Malaysian authorities are tracking down about 5,000 citizens dispersed throughout the peninsula after they attended the event.

Approximately 10,000 people were in attendance, including 95 Singaporeans.

A 53-year-old man attended the event at the mosque between Feb. 27 and March 1.

He is Brunei's first confirmed case.

Here are the nationalities of some of the other attendees of that event.

Image from TTKM.

Masagos update

Environment Minister and chair of the SG Clean Taskforce Masagos Zulkifli posted an update on the situation on his Facebook page.

Masagos talked about the measures MOH was implementing, as well as the adjustments the Muslim community in Singapore has made to deal with the outbreak.

This includes modifying the traditional "salam" handshake greeting.

"We must also be vigilant in carrying our religious practices. I am concerned to hear that there were several COVID-19 cases confirmed, arising from a mass religious gathering in Malaysia. It was reported that 95 Singaporeans had attended the event.

Ministry of Health, Singapore is in the midst of investigating and identifying the Singaporean attendees. If you were there, please get yourselves checked up by a doctor - protect your loved ones and those around you. For those who are unwell, please seek medical attention immediately.

The local Muslim community has taken much effort to adjust our religious practices during this challenging period. For example, many are refraining from our usual handshake or "salam" and instead are adopting what I call the "Mufti Salam", where one places his hand on his chest to convey his greetings.

Many are also bringing their own personal prayer mats and paraphernalia to the mosque. Let us continue to exercise social responsibility, be vigilant. Together, we can overcome this challenge."

Here is his full post.

Image from TTKM and Facebook