New Delhi: A case was filed against the Maulana of Tableeghi Jamaat on Tuesday evening who organised the grand religious congregation in Delhi’s Hazrat Nizamuddin Markaz where people from all over the world arrived despite the central government’s order to avoid large gatherings. Six people who attended the event died of the deadly coronavirus infection. Also Read - Kejriwal Warns of Action Against Private Hospitals Denying COVID-19 Treatment, Urges Asymptomatic People to Not Test
A trail of people was left behind across the length and breadth of the country turning Nizamuddin into India’s ‘hotspot’ for coronavirus outbreak. Also Read - AIIMS PG Entrance Exams 2020: Admit Cards Issued, Download From aiimsexams.org
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A certain location becomes a hotspot for the spread of a pandemic when an elevated incidence of transmission occurs in the area making it the frontline of emerging cases in a country.
However, the Union Health Ministry has maintained that ‘hotspots’ are still an emerging concept and its definition can change based on inputs and data.
How did Nizamuddin become a so-called ‘hotspot’?
According to the central government, as many as 16,000 people – including 2,100 foreigners from Canada, Nigeria, China, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei and Australia – visited Malaysia for the Tablighi Jamaat from January 1, before arriving in India and attending the event held from February 27 to March 1 in south Delhi’s Nizamuddin.
From there, as many as 824 devotees dispersed to Markazes in different parts of the country, and 216 of them stayed at Nizamuddin Markaz. Fearing that travels will be restricted, others might have left the country before the 21-day lockdown was announced on March 24.
Subsequently, it was found that many in the gathering showed symptoms of the contagious disease. Many tested positive, but it was only after the deaths that the cases were traced back to the event earlier this month.
From where it stands currently, a huge number of positive cases – from states/UTs including Delhi, Maharashtra, Telangana, Kerala, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Mizoram, among others – have been traced back to attendees of the religious gathering.
While the Union Health Ministry is yet to tally the total number of infectants from the event, Tamil Nadu itself reported over 70 cases linked to the Nizamuddin gathering. At the same time, in Delhi, over 1,100 people who had attended the congregation have been traced, quarantined and at least 441 of them have been hospitalized with symptoms. At least 24 of those in Delhi have already tested positive for the virus.
The Big Picture
Taking all into consideration, the total number of positive cases in India has gone up to 1,400 and is still on a drastic rise spreading to the nooks and corners of the country. More than 35 people have died of viral infection, while 124 people have recovered from it.