Local media reported that the Ijtimak Asia 2020 function planned for March 19 to 22 was cancelled in view of the worsening COVID-19 situation.
Meanwhile, Dr Noor Hisham said of the 1,306 cumulative positive cases in Malaysia as of noon today, 62 per cent of the cases or 743 patients were linked to the to the tabligh gathering cluster at Masjid Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur.
"This means that one in every 10 individuals who attended the tabligh gathering tested positive of COVID-19," he said.
He said based on his discussions with leaders of the tabligh group, the gathering in Sri Petaling involved 16,000 people.
Of the total, 14,500 were Malaysians while the rest were foreign citizens from 25 countries, he said.
Dr Noor Hisham added that so far, 11,000 participants had undergone screening.
He said there had been no COVID-19 cases from other gatherings in the country.
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