Nearly 650 coronavirus cases reported over the last two days are linked to the religious gathering of the Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi, the government said on Friday.
“647 coronavirus positive cases found in the last two days are linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation,” a Health Ministry official said. These cases are spread across 14 states.
Thousands of members from India and other countries attended the gathering at Markaz Nizamuddin, the Delhi headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat, held in March in defiance of warnings over coronavirus.
Many of these members then travelled across India despite guidelines of social distancing to check the spread of the highly contagious virus. As a result, Centre and the state governments had to launch a massive countrywide drive to track down those who attended the meet and quarantine them along with other people who have come in contact with the participants of the meeting.
Surprisingly, many members who participated in the religious meet of the sect in Delhi and were later quarantined at a hospital in Ghaziabad misbehaved with nurses and other female health workers. This forced the authorities to initiate action against them.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people across India to switch off their lights and hold candles, lamps and mobile flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, for 9 minutes in a nationwide show of solidarity, to fight the darkness of coronavirus.