AGENCIES, Delhi: Five more novel coronavirus hotspots have been sealed in Delhi on Friday as Covid-19 positive cases continue to spike in the national capital. The state health department said 183 confirmed cases were recorded today, taking the total confirmed cases in Delhi over 900. In order to contain the number of cases, authorities in Delhi have now sealed 30 hotspots.
While all this was happening, Chandni Mahal, a locality in central Delhi has reported three coronavirus or COVID-19 deaths in three days and at least 52 positive cases after 102 people were evacuated from 13 mosques on Monday and quarantined. The area has been sealed under strict containment measures to control the spread of the virus.
Interestingly, among those evacuated include foreign nationals from Indonesia and Malaysia who came to India and stayed at the Nizammudin headquarters of Islamic sect – Tablighi Jamaat – that held a religious gathering last month. The religious gathering was attended by 9,000 people including citizens belonging to 41 nationalities and has been linked to more than 450 coronavirus cases in the national capital.
The home ministry had asked Delhi Police and police chiefs of other states to locate where those foreign nationals are staying and to take legal action under the Foreigners Act and the Disaster Management Act.
Across India, the gathering has been linked to more than 1,000 coronavirus cases.
The area Chandni Mahal has been cordoned off and none of the residents will be allowed to leave their houses. The district magistrate has ensured door-to-door supply of essential commodities. “The interaction between the people tested positive and residents of Chandni Mahal can’t be ruled out,” a letter by the District Magistrate Nidhi Srivastava said.
The entire area will be sanitised under the containment plan to prevent further spread of the illness, it adds. Those who came in contact with the people who have died will be tested for COVID-19 and will remain under home quarantine for now.