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Crown Cases in India: 389 linked to Nizamuddin meet positive test, increasing number | India News

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NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, the Union Health Ministry blamed travelers who attended a gathering in a Delhi mosque for the sudden increase in Covid-19 cases in the country.

Lav Agarwal, the ministry’s joint secretary, said 134 coronavirus cases were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), the Islamic group that organized the meeting in mid-March. “There have been 386 new cases of Covid-19 since Tuesday, one of the main reasons is that Tablighi Jamaat members travel,” he said. “Up to 1,800 people related to the group have been sent to hospitals and quarantine centers,” he added. This was around 4pm.

Crown Cases in India: 389 linked to Nizamuddin meet positive test, increasing number | India News

Track all attendees of Jamaat on the warpath: center to states

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba asked states on Wednesday to complete the contact search for all Tablighi Jamaat members who attended events at the Nizamuddin headquarters of the wartime team and highlighted the risk it poses to Covid-19 containment efforts. The Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that around 2,137 Indian members of Tablighi Jamaat had been located and examined.

At dusk, when data from the states began to arrive, the magnitude of the group’s role in spreading the disease seemed to be even more serious. It showed that 389 (almost 20%) of the more than 2,000 cases identified across the country were linked to TJ. Nine deaths were reported in Telangana.

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The number is likely to increase further as test results from nearly 8,000 TJ supporters and people who contacted them after the meeting at the Nizamuddin mosque are still awaited. In addition, government data shows that 16 people connected to the TJ meeting, three foreigners and 13 Indians, have died in different states. Some of them have been confirmed as positive for Covid-19 while awaiting reports from others.

A Malaysian citizen who had attended the meeting died on Wednesday at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital in Delhi (RGSSH). Hospital authorities claimed that he had tested negative for Covid-19. Another TJ member, a 64-year-old man from Tamil Nadu, died at Lok Nayak Hospital three days ago. It has been found positive for Covid-19, sources said.

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There were chaotic scenes at RGSSH on Tuesday where more than 100 of TJ’s members are quarantined when one of them tried to jump out of the building. Some patients also became aggressive, the doctors said.

“A patient at RGSSH tried to jump to his death on Tuesday. He was saved by doctors. I had a word with the home secretary. We are making arrangements for the police to provide security for doctors and patients,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal. He also condemned Jamaat for organizing such a large gathering when the country was preparing to fight the global pandemic.

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In Delhi, 2,346 TJ members and their contacts have been quarantined: 536 symptomatic have been admitted to hospitals and 1,810 have been transferred to quarantine centers. From this, the latest report has confirmed that 53 have been positive for Covid-19, which is 35% of the total Covid-19 cases identified in the state so far.

Tamil Nadu has witnessed an explosion of cases. Their numbers have touched 234, with 190 who attended the TJ conference testing positive. Only Wednesday, 110 of the TJ group tested positive. On Tuesday, the state government had issued appeals, calling the 300 pilgrims who had remained “impossible to trace.” At least 1,500 participated in the three-day conference on March 21.

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The 190 who tested positive include foreign missionaries who transited through TJ headquarters, TN health secretary Beela Rajesh said. “Many people came to the health center as soon as we filed an appeal Tuesday. So far, 1,103 of 1,131 people have come for the test. They are in hospital isolation rooms (across the state) and are being examined.” said.

Andhra Pradesh has recorded 111 cases of Covid-19, of which 70 people are TJ delegates or their contacts. While 358 people who had returned from foreign countries and their contacts were examined as of Wednesday, more than 800 have yet to be evaluated. Jharkhand has launched a massive manhunt in all 24 districts to locate locals and foreigners who attended the three-day meeting. The decision was made after a 22-year-old Malaysian woman who participated in the markaz tested positive in Ranchi on Wednesday. The search operation began shortly after the state police special branch distributed a list of 36 people believed to have attended the congregation.

Mohammad Tanvir Ansari, son of the state’s minority affairs minister, Haji Hussain Ansari, has also been in quarantine. Tanvir, however, said that he did not attend the congregation. In the Ramgarh district of Jharkhand, a participant was quarantined after being tracked in the Rajrappa coal project area. The man, police said, returned by Rajdhani Express to Ranchi on March 17. “He was on the B-1 bus with a younger girl and traveled with the Malaysian woman who tested positive in Ranchi,” police said.

Rajasthan police also identified 583 people in connection with the TJ meeting. Of these, 350 are from other states but are currently in Rajasthan. There are also five Nepalese. According to officials, all have been screened and the district magistrates in question have been asked to decide whether these individuals need to be isolated or quarantined at medical facilities at home.

The number of people in Maharashtra who attended the congregation has increased to more than 450. While 448 people have been identified in various parts of the state, several in Mumbai have also been identified, although officials did not disclose exact city numbers. . . The numbers include Indians and foreigners who traveled after Delhi met with the state.

The Odisha government said on Wednesday they tracked and quarantined 17 more people who had returned to the state after attending the event, bringing the total to 20. This number is expected to increase.

In Assam, in less than 20 hours since reporting its first positive Covid-19 case, 16 more people tested positive on Wednesday. All 17 had attended the TJ meeting.

“All of these people attended the congregation in Nizamuddin Markaz. Of the 415 people in the state who participated in the meeting, 347 have returned home. The rest have not yet returned … some of them have gone to Jammu and Kashmir and Lucknow “Some others are still in New Delhi,” said Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Nine of the 10 cases reported in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also related to the TJ meeting. “This incident has brought India into a difficult situation. It may lead to community transmission in some places as well, given the number of suspects in various regions,” an official said.

Times of India

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