MARAWI CITY (PIA) — The Bangsamoro Inter-Agency Task Force (BARMM-IATF) on Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has traced and verified 37 of the initially identified 196 Filipino attendees to a Tabligh (Islamic preachers) gathering held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, late February 2020.
Minister Dr. Saffrullah Dipatuan of the Ministry of Health (MOH) said
14 are from Lanao del Sur, six from Maguindanao, including the former patient from Cotabato Regional and Medical Center (CRMC), six from Basilan, seven from Sulu, two from Tawi-Tawi, and two from Lamitan City.
He also confirmed that most of the 37 attendees are in good health and have not shown serious symptoms of the COVID-19.
“They were examined. Naka-usap sila at nabigyan na ng instruction on how to do home quarantine. Karamihan dito ay natapos na ang quarantine period,” he added.
However, the said list gathered by the BARMM-IATF does not include the already-identified patients who tested positive for COVID-19, with the same travel history to Malaysia.
BARMM Cabinet Secretary and IATF Spokesperson Mohammad Asnin Pendatun said the other participants of the Tabligh gathering may not be residents of the region.
Meanwhile, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (MILF-BIAF) has issued a directive to all of its Base Commanders to help in the information dissemination on COVID-19 and assist the Local Government Units in tracing the whereabouts and health conditions of the Tabligh participants in Malaysia. (BPI/PIA ICIC)