COVID-19: MOH tracking 95 Singaporean attendees of religious event in Malaysia

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Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli speaking at the Multi-Ministry press conference on Monday (27 January. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli speaking at the Multi-Ministry press conference on 27 January, 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) is tracking 95 Singaporeans who reportedly attended a religious event in Malaysia and may have been exposed to the coronavirus, said Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli on Thursday (12 March).

In a Facebook post, the minister said that MOH is currently investigating and identifying the Singaporean attendees. He noted that several confirmed COVID-19 cases have arisen from the event, which reportedly took place at a mosque on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur between 27 February and 1 March.

“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,” said Masagos.

Malaysia is currently tracking some 5,000 attendees of the religious event, which was attended by some 10,000 people from several countries. Its health ministry has called for mass gatherings to be postponed after at least 12 coronavirus cases were linked to the event.

Eleven of the cases linked to the meeting have cropped up in people in Brunei who attended the meeting - Brunei's first cases of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, the World Health Organisation formally declared the coronavirus a worldwide pandemic. Worldwide infections have surged well above 120,000 cases and the death toll has spiked to above 4,500.

In Singapore, a total of 178 cases of COVID-19 infection have been confirmed as of Wednesday, with 96 already discharged.

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