By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) has reported 190 additional coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country total to 428.

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Based on preliminary investigations, most of these new cases are related to the tabligh assembly cluster at Seri Petaling Mosque.

To date, nine cases of COVID-19 are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and need respiratory assistance.

The investigation and detection of tabligh rally participants is still ongoing. Accordingly, the MOH urged the tabligh assembly participants to contact the nearest District Health Office for further action. The participants of the tabligh rally will be placed under the supervision and observation order of section 15 (1) of the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Act 1988 for a period of 14 days from the deadline to attend the tabligh rally at the Seri Petaling Mosque or close contact with COVID-19 positive cases as the case may be later.

Similarly, for close contact with the COVID-19 positive PUI case, which does not comply with the hospital admission criteria, they must also be placed under the supervision and observation order under the same Act.

In this regard, the MOH would like to inform that all State Health Departments (JKN) and District Health Offices have undertaken related activities for the control of COVID-19 among tabligh pilgrims as well as other cases of COVID-19 to prevent the spread of this infection. All parties are requested to cooperate closely with the MOH and to curb the transmission by following the official advice issued.