Covid-19 cases at religious gatherings

On 15th March, Malaysia has been confirmed with a sudden rise in corona virus cases.


Malaysia has now recorded 190 new cases which brings the number of total cases to 428. 42 out of the total cases have been discharged.


The country is now being ranked as the third Asian country with the highest number of cases behind Japan and China.


However, the ministry did not provide further information on the 190 new cases, including where they were infected; although it is suspected from the religious gathering held from February 27 to March 1.


Based on the information about religious gathering which was held at a mosque, it was reported that 16,000 people participated; out of which, 14,500 were Malaysians and 1,500 were foreigners.


The neighbouring countries have also been affected by the event. Brunei listed that 45 out of 50 cases in the country are related to the religious gathering.



Meanwhile, in Indonesia there was no report of any corona virus cases linked to the religious event since it is still under observation.


However, on March 15, it was confirmed that the country has 21 new cases. 19 in Jakarta and the others in Central Java. The new cases bring to a total of 117.


Five Singaporeans who attended the religious gathering tested positive for Covid-19. Based on the chart, the number of cases in Singapore rose to 226 with no deaths.


As of March 17, coronavirus cases have spiked to more than 170,000 globally with around 6,500 deaths. Nevertheless, 77,778 patients recovered from the virus and were discharged.


Therefore, Malaysians are advised to take precautions that are needed for now.