New Delhi: Scores of participants of the Tablighi Jamaat in south Delhi’s Nizamuddin were taken to quarantine wards by security agencies after more than six people who died of coronavirus were traced back to the event. However, health workers are in a tight spot as many of them have been resisting against medical tests. Also Read - Coronavirus in Telangana Crosses 39,000-mark With 1,597 New Cases, 11 Fresh Deaths
The development was highlighted by Delhi hospital on Thursday that several people felt that they did not need any testing and as a result were putting the security of medical staff at risk. Also Read - Global COVID-19 Cases Top 13.2 Million : Johns Hopkins
“Many of them (attendees of Tablighi Jamaat event) are objecting against testing and feel they don’t need admission. So, this put security of our staff at risk. Now, police have been deployed around 3 blocks where they have been kept,” said Dr JC Passey, Medical Director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narain Hospital (LNJPN) Hospital in Delhi, as quoted by ANI. Also Read - Diesel Extends Gains Over Petrol in Delhi
He noted that the hospital has 216 coronavirus patients of which 188 were attendees of the Nizamuddin event. A first batch of 24 patients were tested and 23 of them tested positive, he said adding that the situation is “alarming”.
In another incident, two doctors in Madhya Pradesh suffered injuries due to stone-pelting when they were out on the streets searching of possible COVID-19 patients.
The Indian Railways authorities too faced a similar situation of misbehaviour by some Tablighi Jamaat attendees quarantined at their facility who raised unreasonable demands for food items. Staff members complained that a few patients also started spitting all over and on persons working/attending them including doctors, and also started roaming around hostel building.
There were as many as 9,000 devotees, including foreigners, who attended the three-day religious gathering in Nizamuddin earlier in March. Fearing restrictions on travel, many people returned to their respective states and countries potentially carrying the virus with them.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for the second time, interacted with Chief Ministers via video conferencing and discussed measures to combat coronavirus by “testing, tracing, isolating and quarantining” suspected cases on priority basis.