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36% of all coronavirus cases in India linked to Tablighi Jamaat meet: Union Health Ministry

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The Union Health Ministry on Monday informed that at least 1,445 cases of coronavirus in the country are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat’s religious congregation held last month in Delhi. So far, 4,067 cases of the virus have been reported from various parts of the country and the figure is expected to rise rapidly.

The ministry’s updated data came a day after it said the rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases in India accelerated to 4.1 days from the estimated 7.4 days due to the Jamaat event in Nizamuddin West last month.

Ministry’s joint secretary Lav Agarwal said there had been 693 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths since Sunday. The total death toll now stands at 109.

However, a news agency’s tally based on figures reported by states directly showed at least 126 deaths across the country, while the confirmed cases reached 4,111. Of them, 315 have been cured and discharged.

Males account for 73 per cent deaths due to COVID-19, while females 27 per cent, Agarwal said, adding that 63 per cent deaths have been reported among people above 60 years.

According to an ICMR official, there is limited evidence on the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine to deal with COVID-19 cases and therefore, there is not enough proof to advise it for the general public.

11 new coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad in last 12-hour, Gujarat’s total tally touch 144