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Nizamuddin Corona cases: 10 deaths, 300 hospitalizations linked to Nizamuddin dargah | India News

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NEW DELHI: In a sudden outbreak and the detection of multiple cases of coronavirus, the Delhi-based Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in Nizamuddin West has become an access point, alarming health authorities. This month he had hosted a congregation attended by followers from abroad and from India. Nine Indians in attendance, six in Telengana and one in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and J&K, died from the disease.

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At least one foreign citizen, a Filipino, has died and 19 foreigners, followers of this Islamic missionary movement, have tested positive for Covid-19 across the country so far.

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Of the 25 new Covid-19 cases reported by Delhi on Monday, 18 were from this seminar in Nizamuddin, a senior official with the state health department said. This brings the city’s case count to 97.

About 250 foreign citizens came to the capital in the first week of March to attend a Jamaat-organized religious congregation, after which many of them traveled to various states. Many Indian followers had also joined them.

Sources said more than 1,500 members of the group are still inside the mosque, of whom almost 300 were found to have a fever, cough and shortness of breath. Many of them have been transferred to various public hospitals in Delhi for isolation, even when the area has been completely closed with the police, health and municipal authorities trying to detect and limit the spread.

The Jamaat headquarters, known as Bangle Waali Masjid, has been sealed and all the remaining members are being screened for Covid-19 symptoms.

The Tablighi Jamaat tries to replicate the way in which the Muslims lived in the time of the prophet Muhammad. It was started in 1926 in Mewat province by the Islamic scholar Maulana Muhammad Ilyas. Followers are asked to visit areas in groups and enlighten locals about their role and responsibilities as Muslims.

Foreign Jamaat members or supporters had come from countries such as Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, as well as others, and were staying in mosques in other states after leaving Nizamuddin headquarters that had provided them with local guides.

Government sources said many of those who have not yet been tested for Covid-19 could be potential carriers of the new coronavirus as they have come into contact with the infected. “All the foreign workers of Tablighi Jamaat have been located and all DGPs have been alerted to maintain strict vigilance,” said an official.

“There was a group of 10 from Mumbai who traveled to Delhi for the convention. One of them, a preacher from the Philippines, died at the Kasturba Hospital, “the sources said. One of the Indian supporters, a 65-year-old man from Jammu and Kashmir, died last week.

Sources said 85 Jamaat preachers had been admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital yesterday, while six others who confirmed positive on Sunday were transferred to AIIMS, Jhajjar. On Monday, 200 more people were admitted to Lok Nayak. “They have fever and cough and some have respiratory problems. A 64-year-old man died in Lok Nayak on Sunday. Its results have not yet been received. The chance that swab samples from others will be confirmed as positive is high, ”said a senior doctor at the hospital.

Some have also been admitted to the Guru Tegh Bahadur (GTB) and Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospitals.

“The extent of the spread of the disease is that this group is difficult to assess today. We can only hope for the best, ”said an official. The government has also put over 500 people living in the area under surveillance and health teams have been stationed to monitor the movement of people in Nizamuddin West, which is now considered a high-risk area for Covid-19.

Another hot spot of the disease, which is linked to Jamaat followers, is Tamil Nadu. The state reported 38 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday, many of which are linked to the group. The state is now trying to locate 980 Tamil Muslims who participated in the congregation in New Delhi and returned to their homes. While 28 are believed to be from Coimbatore, Prime Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami confirmed that 10 were members of the Erode delegation

Many had also traveled to UP and Telengana. Two more people tested positive in Telengana on Monday. They are family members of a person who had previously tested positive. This man had welcomed a group of Indonesian preachers who visited Karimnagar on March 14 and one of them was the first to test positive at Gandhi Hospital in Secunderabad.

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