Maasi Magam attendees with symptoms urged to undergo COVID-19 screening

Maasi Magam attendees with symptoms urged to undergo COVID-19 screening

GEORGE TOWN: Hindu devotees who attended the Maasi Magam Theppa Thirunal (Floating Chariot Festival) in Teluk Bahang recently have been urged to undergo COVID-19 screening if they are experiencing any symptoms after a 14-day incubation period.

State Agriculture & Agro-based Industry, Rural Development and Health Committee chairman Dr Norlela Ariffin said to date no COVID-19 suspected cases had been reported involving those attending the festival.

“Today marks the 14 days incubation period for those attending the festival, so if any of them experiencing COVID-19 symptoms I would recommend them to undergo health screening at the nearest hospital.

“Thus far the COVID-19 cases in the state are all related to the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque and there have been no cases from the Maasi Magam celebration,” she said when contacted by Bernama here today.

On March 8, about 30,000 Hindus were reported to attend the annual procession of carrying the statue of the deity of Sri Singamuga Kaliamman and those attending the ceremony would then cast brightly lit floats of various shapes and sizes to the sea.

Meanwhile, Norlela, who is also the Penanti assemblywoman, also recommended for a designated lane to be established at hospitals or clinics for those who came for COVID-19 screening, especially those attended the tabligh gathering at the Sri Petaling Mosque recently.

The proposal will be presented at the Penang-level COVID-19 task force meeting tomorrow to prevent the spread of the virus among people in hospitals or clinics in the state, she said.

— BERNAMA