New Delhi: An Indonesian national who had attended the controversial Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin Markaz in the national capital , tested positive for coronavirus in Prayagraj district of Uttar Pradesh. He is currently under quarantine at a hospital in the district. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
Notably, the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin Markaz has emerged as a hotspot for COVID-19. States like Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand have reported corona cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points
Earlier on Sunday, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government had said that 278 people have been found positive for coronavirus in the state so far. Of them, 138 had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi last month. Also Read - Uttar Pradesh News: State Govt Releases 2257 Convicts on Parole For 8 Weeks to Decongest jails
“Out of the 278 people who have been found positive in the state, 138 had attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi. Three deaths have been reported so far. 21 people have been discharged after recovering from the illness till date”, said the Uttar Pradesh Directorate of Health Services.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, “1,499 people have been identified who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event out of which 1,205 have been quarantined. 305 foreigners have also been identified out of which passports of 249 people have been seized.”
Yesterday, the Union Home Ministry had said that if the Tablighi Jamaat event had not taken place the rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases in India would have been 7.4 days instead of 4.1.
“The doubling rate, which means in how many days the number of COVID-19 cases double, at present is 4.1 days. But if cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat event had not come, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days”, said Joint Secretary of the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal.