IGP: Health ministry gave data on chain of infection involving 40,000 individuals

KUALA LUMPUR: Police received data on the chain of Covid-19 infection involving about 40,000 individuals, including those linked with the tabligh assembly cluster, from the health ministry.

Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador said the data had been analysed by a task force from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headed by Bukit Aman CID chief Huzir Mohamed to identify those most likely to be infected by the virus.

He said police had identified several areas where there were individuals and groups that were required to go for Covid-19 screening.

The data also enabled police to help the ministry identify up to about 11,000 participants of the tabligh assembly at the Sri Petaling mosque.

“From this data, the team refined and used specific methods to identify the network of close contacts, travel (history) and who might be affected by those involved,” he told Bernama.

Complete information, such as their home addresses, telephone numbers and identity card number was given to the ministry to enable the individuals to go for screening.

Hamid said many of the tabligh members had been screened, and urged the public not to criticise and discriminate against them.

He said the team was also trying to get information on tabligh members who were overseas, and details would be supplied to the Immigration authorities for action to be taken upon their return.

— Bernama