15 MARCH 2020
1. As of 13 March 2020, a total of five Singaporean individuals who were part of a group attending a large religious gathering in KL have tested positive for COVID-19. Based on media reports, at least 37 Bruneians and 77 Malaysians who attended the gathering, or were their close contacts, have also tested positive.
2. It is possible for more cases to emerge from persons who had visited the mosque, or further spread to their close contacts. Muis is actively assisting the Ministry of Health (MOH) in their efforts to conduct contact tracing, to limit the spread of the virus. Thus far MOH’s contract tracing efforts have revealed that the individuals who tested positive visited a total of 10 mosques during their infectious period (See Table in PDF below).
3. Congregants who visited any of the mosques listed in the table during the specified period in the list below may have been exposed to a COVID-19 case. These congregants are advised to monitor their health closely for 2 weeks from their last visit to the affected mosques, for any fever or respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, runny nose or breathlessness) and seek medical attention promptly if they have these symptoms or feel unwell. They should also wear a mask and call the clinic ahead of the visit and inform the clinic doctor of their attendance at the affected activities that is linked to a COVID-19 case.
4. This is a very timely reminder for each of us to take the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy in these times. This must surely include best practices in personal hygiene as well as socially responsible behaviour. These include:
MAJLIS UGAMA ISLAM SINGAPURA
in consultation with MINISTRY OF HEALTH