55 Pinoys test positive for COVID-19 after mass gathering in Malaysia

OVER 50 Filipinos in Malaysia  have contracted the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) after attending a Tabligh, a mass Islamic gathering, Philippine Ambassador to Kuala Lumpur Charles Jose yesterday said.

"We are monitoring 55 Filipinos who tested positive for Covid-19, and all, except one, are Filipinos who came from the Philippines to attend a Tabligh gathering," he said.

During this event, thousands gather for several days for communal prayers and meals and listening to sermons.
Jose, during the Laging Handa briefing,  said that 46 are undergoing treatment and nine have recovered.

"The embassy is monitoring their status and safety on a daily basis. They are confined in government hospitals, once their treatment ended and they are cleared, we will help repatriate them," he said.

For stranded Filipinos in Malaysia, Jose assured they are arranging a Malaysian Airlines flight to bring home Filipinos on April 5. A total of 24 Filipinos have signed up for the flight.

"We are in cooperation with the Malaysian Embassy in Manila because the airplane would also carry stranded Malaysian from the Philippines back to their country, the same plane would bring the stranded Filipinos from Malaysia," he explained.