As per sources, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday ordered the registration of an FIR against a maulana for leading a congregation in West Nizamuddin in South Delhi, after several attendees showed symptoms of the pandemic disease.
Around 2,000 delegates including those from countries like Indonesia and Malaysia attended a religious gathering organized by an Islamic organization at Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin, between March 1 to March 15. About 600 Indians from different parts of the country also participated in the congregation, who have later left for their home, on trains and flights. As of now, six Indians among those who attended the congregation died due to the virus, and over 200 people have been kept in isolation.
On 26 March, a 65-year-old man, a resident of Hyderpora in Srinagar showed the first COVID-19 casualty from Jammu and Kashmir, who has reportedly passed away in the early hours of Thursday. Sources mentioned that he had recently traveled to New Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu, Indonesia and Malaysia with an Islamic organization, during the time when the atrocious cases of COVID-19 came to light.
On the other hand, six people from Telangana, 9 from Andaman, and 24 more from Delhi who have reportedly attended the religious congregation have been tested positive for the virus. As per the Telangana government, six people who have been tested positive for the virus, have now died.
Responding to the issue on Nizamuddin quarantine, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry said that authorities will initiate action as per the protocol wherever a larger number of cases get reported.
“The government was focusing on hotspots from where larger number of cases are being reported and working in tandem with states to implement rigorous contact-tracing, community surveillance and other containment strategies to break the chain of transmission” stated the Joint Secretary (HM).
On Tuesday alone, 227 fresh cases of infection were reported nationwide, which has been the highest for a day.
Meanwhile, India has reported 1,251 cases of coronavirus with a total death of 32, so far.