Nizamuddin Delhi: 2,000 people attended the Nizamuddin congregation | India News
Delhi police and CRPF officials and medical teams went to the town on Sunday night after reports that large numbers of people showed symptoms of the disease, officials said.
At least 100 people were also tested for the disease. Results are expected on Tuesday.
The entire area, which includes residences and the headquarters of Tabligh-e-Jamaat, a Muslim religious organization, was virtually isolated.
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The joint Delhi Police-CRPF-doctor team has been screening the people and transferring them to hospitals designated for quarantine, officials said.
The alarm bells started ringing after a man in his 60s who had attended the congregation succumbed to COVID-19 in Srinagar last week.
According to officials, there were several smaller congregations that culminated in the large gathering at the organization’s headquarters, which shares its wall with the Nizamuddin police station and is adjacent to the famous Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya shrine.
The congregation was attended by preachers from various countries, including Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Dubai, Uzbekistan, and Malaysia. Around 600 Indians from different parts of the country also participated.
The Indian members of the group departed on trains and flights. Contacts of some cases that were identified in various parts of the country were traced back to the congregation, officials said.
The buses have been kept ready to transfer people to quarantine centers. Hotels in the area that had housed people from the congregation have been sealed.
On March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a three-day national blockade to reduce the spread of the disease.
Delhi police have been using surveillance drones to verify any violations in the area.