Coronavirus: Philippines seeks the 215 who attended Islamic event

in Philippines

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.


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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