BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The March congregation of Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat at its headquarters in Delhi has set the alarm bells ringing, with authorities in states launching hectic efforts to trace those who visited Nizamuddin for the gathering and subsequently fanned out across the country.
The Centre now says that 956 confirmed cases of the coronavirus disease can be linked to the religious gathering. These cases were detected in 14 states/Union Territories — Andaman and Nicobar Island, Assam, Delhi, Himachal, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
Twelve deaths due to Covid-19 surfaced in the past 24 hours, Lav Agarwal, the joint secretary of the Union health ministry, said at a press briefing on Friday afternoon, putting the total number of fatalities in the country at 56. When asked how many of the 12 deaths were linked to the Jamaat congregation, Agarwal said: “It is difficult to ascertain at this point.”
The country has registered a total of 2,301 cases, and 336 of them have been reported since Thursday, Agarwal said. He added that 157 patients have recovered.