The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos has aired an urgent plea to Filipinos from Mindanao who attended a religious gathering in Malaysia from February 27 to March 1.
The NCMF issued the statement on social media after a spike in COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, where Filipinos recently attended a gathering in the Jamek Sri Petaling Mosque n Selangor.
Those who had contact with event attendees are also asked to coordinate with health authorities, “observe self-quarantine, and cooperate for contact-tracing.”
On Sunday, the Malaysian health minister said 77 coronavirus cases were linked to the event. Some 16,000 from different countries attended the gathering. Of these, 215 came from the Philippines, mostly from the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
A temporary lockdown is in effect in Cotabato City. No entry or exit is allowed, except for health workers who are reporting for work.