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MAKASSAR – A Muslim event that has already drawn thousands to Indonesia has been stopped, on the back of a similar mosque gathering in Malaysia which resulted in hundreds of infections.
The Sri Petaling religious gathering took place from 27 February to 1 March in Kuala Lumpur. 16,000 people crowded into the Jamek Mosque, where infected cases were later detected in Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore.
On the back of this incident, the Indonesian event to be held in Gowa, near Makassar within the South Sulawesi province was cancelled, amid fears that the gatherings might further spread the Covid-19 virus.
In a social media post by Adnan Purichta Ichsan, the head of Gowa regency, it was announced that the pilgrims who had already arrived would be isolated, even as arrangements are made for the group to leave the city.
Over 8,500 pilgrims had already arrived in town. They come from Asia, Indonesia, and the Middle East.
Over in Bangladesh, another mass gathering sparked an outcry – tens of thousands had come together in an open field in Raipur town to pray from the Koran, against the Covid-19’s spread.