400 positive cases linked to Tablighi Jamaat event, about 9,000 people quarantined: Govt

At least 400 people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz event in south Delhi’s Nizammudin area last month have tested positive for novel coronavirus.

The Centre on Thursday said that at least 400 people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi in March have tested positive for novel coronavirus.

“We were informed about Tablighi Jamaat congregation’s link to Covid-19 cases by Telangana. Since then we have carried out an intensive contact tracing and sampling process in the states where the attendees of this event had travelled to. So far, at least 400 positive cases have been identified from these states, which are linked with the Nizammudin Markaz cluster,” Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary, Union health ministry said.

The health ministry official said additional testing underway may further add to the number of cases linked to this cluster.

“As per the information available so far, Tamil Nadu has reported 173 positive cases, Rajasthan 11, Andman Nicobar nine, Delhi 47, Puducherry 2, Jammu and Kashmir 22, Telangana 33, Andhra Pradesh 67 and Assam has reported 16 cases of novel coronavirus among people who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi,” the health ministry official told media.

About 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members and their primary contacts have been quarantined till now across the country in view of the coronavirus infection, a senior home ministry official said on Thursday.

Punya Salila Srivastava, a joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, told reporters during a daily briefing that out of about 2,000 such Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been shifted to quarantine centres while 334 symptomatic persons have been admitted to hospitals.

She said these numbers are a result of a “massive effort” that was undertaken by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in coordination with states to identify Tablighi Jamaat workers or members in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Source: India Today

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