Out of 2,361 Indian Muslims who had joined the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi, 1,800 have been packed off to nine different hospitals and quarantine centres across the country. The Ministry of Health said that cases of coronavirus disease (COVID) had increased due to the tablighis.
Joint secretary of the Ministry of Health Lav Agrawal said today that 386 new cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the country to 1,637.
Meanwhile, 167 people of the Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin reached Tughlaqabad quarantine centre in five buses at 9:40 PM yesterday and 97 of these tablighis were accommodated inside the Diesel Shed Training School Hostel quarantine centre and 70 were accommodated at the RPF Barrack quarantine centre, according to CPRO Northern Railway Deepak Kumar.
However, the occupants turned unruly since this morning, making unreasonable demands for food items, the Railways said. “They misbehaved and abused the staff at the quarantine centre. Also, they spat all over, including on persons working or attending them. They spat on doctors too. They also loitered around inside the hostel building,” the CPRO Northern Railway told the press.
Their protest was violent elsewhere. In the Morna of Muzaffarnagar where there is a quarantine centre, villagers of the Muslim-dominated area attacked policemen. The policeman in charge of the post in Bhopa Thana area, Lekhraj Singh, and a constable were grievously injured in the attack.
The number of positive cases of COVID has increased since yesterday. The main reason for this is these tablighis spreading out across the country after the event in the first half of March in Delhi, the ministry said. It said that so far it has conducted 47,951 coronavirus tests. “ICMR has 126 labs in its network, in addition, 51 private labs have also been approved for testing,” an officer in the ministry said.
The increase in cases in the past few days cannot be said to be a national trend, though, an officer said.
So far, 38 people have died of COVID.
Six people from Telangana who had visited the markaz (centre) died on their return.
More than 2,000 people had attended Tablighi Jamaat’s ijtima’ (gathering at a place for special religious purposes, in this case, to propagate Islam, which is what “tabligh” means) between 1 and 15 March in the Nizamuddin West area of south Delhi. These included people from Pakistan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, England and China and Malaysia.
People from a total of 19 states participated in this event. The risk of spread of coronavirus has increased in these states after the Indian tablighis returned home and the foreigners spread out in the country.
Readers may recall the Sirf News report of three foreigners — a Chinese, an Iranian and an Italian — hiding in the Kurji mosque of Patna. In response to the report, apologists from the community claimed they were innocuous preachers of Islam and that they were Kazakh, which was, of course, a false assertion.
300 tablighis from Karnataka
Three hundred people from Karnataka had joined the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, said Health Minister of Karnataka BC Sriramulu said on Wednesday. He said 40 of them had been identified and segregated. Of these, 12 have been confirmed not to be COVID-positive.
The state health minister said 62 Malaysian and Indonesian nationals who had attended the religious ceremony were in Karnataka. He said that 12 of them had been identified and segregated.
157 tablighis from UP
There were 157 people from Uttar Pradesh who joined the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi, out of which 95% have been identified. The administration has quarantined them.
125 tablighis from Haryana
As many as 125 people from Haryana attended the religious gathering of Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi and all of them have now been quarantined.
107 of Madhya Pradesh identified
All 107 people of Madhya Pradesh who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi, have been identified and these people have been quarantined.
Bhopal District Magistrate Tarun Kumar Pithode shared the information with the press. They are being closely monitored.
43 tablighis from Andhra Pradesh
Tablighis returning from the markaz increased the number of COVID cases in Andhra Pradesh, were 43 new cases have surfaced since Tuesday night, taking the total number of cases in the state to 87.
Most of these cases are related to the Tablighi Jamaat event. In West Godavari district, 13 cases of coronavirus infection have been reported while 15 cases have been reported in the Kadapa district.
The total number of tablighis from Andhra Pradesh who had visited the markaz is as yet unknown.
30 from Bihar
Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said on Wednesday that 17 people from Patna and 13 from Buxar had been identified. He said the authority had identified the people who joined the Tablighi Jamaat.
There were 86 people who returned to Bihar from the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin, Delhi.
26 tablighis from Uttarakhand
Twenty-six tablighis from Uttarakhand had visited the markaz.
According to sources, the maximum number of tablighis were from the Haridwar district, followed by those from Uttarkashi and Dehradun. The rest were from other districts.
17 from Himachal
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur said that 17 people from the state had joined the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin area of Delhi. They are under 14 days of surveillance in Delhi.
The chief minister said that, as of now, the tablighis were showing no symptom of COVID-19. Most of those who attended this religious gathering were from the Chamba district adjoining Jammu and Kashmir.
9 tablighis came from Punjab
According to information received from officials from Punjab, the state government has identified nine people who attended this meeting. All of them are still in Delhi but quarantined.
Participants from Punjab comprised four from Ludhiana, two from Sangrur and one each from Barnala, Gurdaspur and Pathankot.
2 from Puducherry
Two people from Puducherry have tested coronavirus-positive. They were found infected on Wednesday.
Director of the Department of Family and Welfare Mohan Kumar said that these two people who had returned from Delhi had been admitted in a government hospital. He said that both were residents of the nearby Ariyankuppam village.