New Delhi, Mar 31: At least twenty-four more people, who attended the religious congregation in Nizamuddin’s Markaz, the Delhi headquarters of Tableeghi Jamaat, have tested positive for Novel Coronavirus, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said. Tableeghi Jamaat is a religious group focussed on urging Muslims to return to practising their faith.
Jain said he was not certain about the number of people who attended the gathering but estimated that 1,500-1,700 had assembled there. The minister said that 1,033 people have been evacuated so far, adding 334 of them have been sent to hospital and 700 to quarantine centre.
He also slammed the organisers of the religious event saying they had committed a grave crime. “Event’s organisers committed a grave crime. Disaster Act and Contagious Diseases Act were enforced in Delhi,” he said, “No assembly of more than 5 people was allowed.”
“Still they did this. I’ve written to L-G to take the strictest action against them. Delhi government has ordered an FIR,” he said.
Earlier, at least six people from Telangana, who were present at the congregation, in Nizamuddin died due to the novel coronavirus, the state government said on Monday.
“Coronavirus has spread among some of those who attended a religious prayer meeting from March 13 to 15 at Markaz in Nizamuddin area in Delhi,” according to an official release.
“Among those who attended were some persons from Telangana.” (With inputs from ANI)