New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday said that 24 people, who took part in a religious congregation at Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s Markaz in Nizamuddin West earlier this month, have tested positive for coronavirus. Also Read - Govt Cracks Down on Foreigners Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Event; Markaz Denies Violating Lockdown Norms - Top Developments
Addressing a press conference, Kejriwal said out of the 97 cases in Delhi, 24 cases are from Markaz, Nizamuddin and over 41 have travel history to foreign countries. Also Read - Tablighi Jamaat Meet: '24 Present at Markaz Building Tested COVID-19 Positive,' Confirms Delhi Government
“Out of the 97 cases in Delhi, 24 cases are from Markaz, Nizamuddin. Over 41 have travel history to foreign countries and 22 are family members of the foreign travellers. 10 cases yet to be ascertained. No local community transmission right now,” Kejriwal said. Also Read - Nizamuddin's Markaz Building Sealed After 7 COVID-19 Fatalities, 850 People Whisked Away to Hospitals
The development comes after Tablighi Jamaat, an orthodox Muslim organisation, held a religious congregation at Nizamuddin in the national capital on March 13. The congregation was attended by 2,000 odd participants, including 250 foreigners.
The ‘markaj’ has emerged as an epicentre for the coronavirus spread in the national capital and elsewhere in the country after 24 of its participants found positive for coronavirus infection.
Kejriwal said if any negligence is found on part of any officers in this regard, then action will be taken against them.
“Delhi government has written to Lieutenant Governor for registration of FIR in this case, I have full hope he will give orders soon. If any negligence is found on part of any officers then action will be taken against them also,” he added.
He said that 1,548 people have been brought out of Markaz (Nizamuddin) till now and 441 of them were symptomatic.
“They have been shifted to hospitals and their tests are being conducted. 1,107 who did not show symptoms have been sent to quarantine,” he further added.
As per latest updates from police, 8 Indonesian Islamic preachers, who attended the religious congregation at Nizamuddin, were on Tuesday found staying at a mosque in Nagina block of the district and were picked up by the police.
Bijnor Superintendent of Police (Rural) Sanjay Singh told PTI that the police picked up the eight Indonesian Islamic preachers, who had attended the Nizamuddin ‘markaz’ on March 13, from a mosque in Nagina block of the district. All eight have been sent to an isolation centre in the district.
Moreover, the district Health Department too is taking steps for sanitising the mosque and other nearby places.
As per updates from officials, nationals from the UK and France were among 281 foreigners out of 1,830 people who were found by the police in the last two days at the Markaz that became a key source of coronavirus spread in the country.
India is also likely to blacklist 300 foreign nationals who attended the event for violating visa norms, the officials added further.