24 Mar BARMM Orders All LGUs to Trace Filipino Attendees of the Religious Gathering in Malaysia
Last Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) ordered all local government units (LGUs), including provincial governors, mayors, chiefs, and other local officials within the region, to track those who were present at the religious gathering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, as some of them were tested positive for COVID-19.
215 Filipinos were said to have attended the 4-day tabligh event, which occurred from February 27 to March 1.
And, since the said event has been linked to COVID-19 cases in Malaysia, with one of them who returned to the Philippines, tested positive for the coronavirus disease, and then died last March 17 in Marawi City, the Ministry of the Interior and Local Government (MILG) urged the local officials to speed up the contact tracing and monitoring of the said attendees who are now considered persons under monitoring (PUMs).
As of this writing, 501 coronavirus cases have been confirmed and a total of 33 deaths have been reported in the Philippines.