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1,023 Tablighis in 17 states COVID positive; 22,000 in touch with them quarantined

They carried the virus to Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Andamans, Uttarakhand, Himachal and Jharkhand, which have recorded the largest number of people who had to be quarantined

The Ministry of Health said today that out of the total cases in the country, 1,023 cases (30%) are related to the Tablighi Jamaat. The ministry said that a total of 2,902 people have been found corona infected in the country so far, out of which 68 people have died and 183 have been cured. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said on Saturday that reports of Tablighis carrying the disease have come from 17 states, with the incidence being highest in Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar, Uttarakhand, Himachal, Jharkhand.

Prominent among those infected include Jharkhand Cabinet Minister Haji Hussain Ansari’s son Tanveer. He had reportedly attended the Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi. On his return, he was quarantined at an eye hospital for 14 days.

Ansari denies that his son attended the event linked to hundreds of fresh COVID cases. The minister and his family have, nevertheless, been put in home-quarantine.

There have been 601 new cases in the last 24 hours. This is by far the highest number of corona infects found in a single day.

22,000 Tablighis quarantined

Joint Secretary of Home Affairs Punya Salila Srivastava said that 22,000 who came in contact with the Tablighis have been quarantined. Thousands of people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event at the Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi, went to different parts of the country after the meeting that defied all lockdown measures that the government had hoped would check the spread of COVID.

State governments are quarantining these suspects, tracing them on a war footing. Meanwhile, other people who came in contact with these people are being quarantined too.

The Ministry of Health said that most of the people who died were aged and suffering from other health problems. Agarwal said that the rate at which the number of coronavirus-infected patients doubled in the country was lower in India than that in other countries.

The condition of 58 COVID-19 patients is critical. They are receiving treatment in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.

21-40 years old most patients

On the basis of the cases that the Ministry of Health has reported so far, 9% of those infected are aged 0-20 years; 42% of the patients are 21 to 40 years old; 33% of the infected are aged between 41 and 60 while 17% are over 60 years of age.

Agarwal said that the number of medical examinations was increasing as per the requirement. Now 10,000 investigations are happening every day.

The joint secretary informed that 31,000 retired doctors had emerged as volunteers. He said that 1,019 tonnes of medical goods had been sent to the states through 97 cargo vessels.

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