Serological survey on COVID-19 begins at selected mosques

Izah Azahari

The Ministry of Health (MoH) is conducting a serological survey on COVID-19 at selected mosques from June 15-20, in continuation of a previous study at health centres.

This was announced by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar, during a press conference yesterday. The minister said the survey is carried out for the purpose of expanding community-level monitoring and aiding the MoH in estimating population immunity towards an infection.

“It is an antibody survey that also aims to find out whether or not there is a limited spread, and if there is an unknown cluster within the community,” he added.

“In a way, we will be able to know if there is already immunity to COVID-19. We have carried this out before and found five individuals who tested positive for the antibody, so it’s the same thing, but on a bigger scale at around over 1,000.”

As to the reason for selecting mosques in the survey, he said, “It’s where the previous and latest mass gatherings have taken place, apart from schools, so the monitoring will be carried out there.”