Coronavirus: Philippines seeks the 215 who attended Islamic event

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The Philippines has confirmed 307 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths so far [Eloisa Lopez/Reuters]

Manila, Philippines – Authorities are scrambling to trace the Filipinos who attended a religious event in Malaysia which has been linked to a spike in COVID-19 cases in several countries across Southeast Asia.

The Tablighi Jamaat congregation held from February 27 to March 1 at Kuala Lumpur’s Jamek Sri Petaling Mosquedrew an estimated 16,000 devotees from about 30 countries.

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On their Facebook page, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) announced that 215 Filipinos attended the four-day religious gathering.

During the event, the attendees prayed together and slept alongside one another inside a mosque, with many spilling over into tents pitched outside.

Malaysia recorded its single biggest number of 190 COVID-19 cases on March 15, with a majority of those cases being the devotees who attended the Kuala Lumpur assembly.

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