KUALA LUMPUR, March 16 (CNA) - Malaysia reported another 125 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Mar 16), bringing the total number of cases in the country to 553.

Ninety-five of the new cases are linked to the tabligh (religious) gathering at a mosque in Sri Petaling, Kuala Lumpur, said Health Minister Adham Baba in a press conference.

“About 7,000 participants from the tabligh event have come forward to be checked,” he said.

About 14,500 Malaysians and 1,500 foreigners attended the mass religious gathering at the mosque between Feb 27 and Mar 1.

The event has sparked worries of new clusters forming after Brunei confirmed several new cases over the weekend who had attended the mass gathering in Malaysia.