The health ministry, during its routine press briefing, said that the spike in cases in India is due to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering that took place in Delhi's Nizamuddin area
Bengaluru: The health ministry, during its routine press briefing, said that the spike in cases in India is due to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering that took place in Delhi's Nizamuddin area. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said that the spike in cases doesn't represent the national trend however, it is a failure of the lockdown guidelines, as reported by India Today.
Earlier today, an endeavour to clean up or sanitise the entire area in which the event was held was taken up.
Meanwhile, Eatala Rajender, Telangana Health Minister has said, "Around 1,200 people from Telangana had attended Markaz gathering in Delhi, some of them were found coronavirus positive while six of them have died. In the last three days only those who had gone to Delhi for Markaz have tested positive for coronavirus in the state."
The website added that so far, India has reported around 100 new cases of the novel coronavirus today, according to reports from various state governments. These include 20 new cases in Madhya Pradesh and 19 in Maharashtara.
More on the Nizamuddin event:
It was on March 13 that around 3400 assembled at Nizamuddin Markaz as part of the religious event.
And on March 16, the CM of Delhi announced that there would be no gatherings of more than 50 people. Yet, there was no respect for his words. The event continued.
Four days later, 10 Indonesians who had attended the event test positive in Telangana.
On March 22, the much important event, Janata curfew took place. No gatherings were allowed.
A day later, around 1500 vacated the event.
On March 25, there were around 1000 people still in attendance.
A day later, an Indian preacher died in Srinagar. This preacher was a part of the event.
On March 30, there were reports that six of those who attended the event died in Telangana.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has ordered an FIR be filed against the Maulana for holding an event of this magnitude despite the orders.
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Last Updated Apr 1, 2020, 4:49 PM IST