Covid-19 positive cases from Nizamuddin religious gathering spread across states


NATIONAL | MARCH 31, 2020:

A total of 2000 people had attended the religious congregation at a mosque in Delhi's Nizamuddin area, where several corona positive cases seem to have thrown up like a bomb. Out of which six persons, who had returned to Telangana have died from the virus and positive cases are emerging from states including J&K, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

The Telangana Chief Minister's Office tweeted;

In view of the outbreak, the state has intensified its efforts to locate all those who returned from the event and the contact trail.

The suspected outbreak was discovered in Delhi as it emerged that several hid their travel history to foreign countries. The congregation was held on March 13-5 at a markaz in Nizamuddin. The area has been sealed and hundreds, who were present there were whisked away to hospitals.

More than 2,000 delegates, including from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan, attended the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat – a Muslim religious organisation – from March 13 to 15.

The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium is being prepared for a possible large size quarantine centre in case there is a huge outbreak of the virus. Reports are emerging that COVID-19 cases linked to this gathering are being across the country in J&K, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Andaman and Nicobar and Telangana.

As many as 1,400 people continued to stay at the Tabligh-e-Jamaat"s "Markaz" in Delhi"s Nizamuddin West even after the event.

The Telangana Chief Medical Officer confirmed that six people who attended this congregation have died in Telangana after testing positive for coronavirus. A cleric who was there had died after testing positive for coronavirus in Srinagar last week.

So now, after the congregation dispersed, those who had gathered have gone in different directions and six have died in Telangana.

Jammu and Kashmir where many of these people returned is already on alert. The district administration in all ten districts are on lookout to trace those who might not have disclosed their travel history or contact history with Tabligi Jamaat.

Another worrying strand that has emerged is that the list of those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin from Jammu & Kashmir is huge. Clearly, many of them are not in quarantine yet and the administration and police are making efforts to identity, trace and isolate.

It is learnt that the government has prepared a 50 page list of people from J&K who attended the congregation or came in contact with those. Efforts are being made to identify these people and isolate them.