AGENCIES, Dehradun: The number of people tested positive for Covid-19 in Uttarakhand has risen from 22 to 26 on Sunday. Out of the 26 case, 18 of the infected cases had attended the congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat in Nizamuddin Markaz in March and elsewhere.
The search for other possible suspects has been intensified in the state and Uttarakhand police on Sunday warned that those in hiding and had last month attended a gathering at Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in Delhi (now confirmed as a Covid-19 hotspot), will be booked for ‘murder’ and ‘attempt to murder’ if they fail to report to the authorities by April 6. “If anybody is hiding and has spread infection, they’ll face attempt to murder charge,” DGP Anil K Raturi said.
Giving details of new cases, Dr Rashmi Pant, additional chief medical officer of Nainital, confirmed that one Tablighi Jamaat member from Kaladhungi area of the district tested positive for the deadly virus on Sunday.According to health officials, the patient from Nainital had attended a religious congregation in Moradabad and not in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz and five members of his family were quarantined on Sunday after he tested positive.
Dr Dinesh Chauhan, additional chief medical officer of Dehradun district, said that three new cases of Covid-19 were reported from the district on Sunday.“Three Jamaat attendees tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. The attendees and their close contacts have been quarantined and their health status is being monitored,” said Dr Chauhan.
He added that the report of an American citizen who tested positive first on March 23, came out positive again on Sunday.
On Saturday, six people who had attended Tablighi Jamaat attendees had tested positive from Nainital and Haridwar and on Friday, six attendees had tested positive from Dehradun and Udham Singh Nagar.
Nainital district administration has also quarantined 46 family members of Jamaat attendees who were tested positive for Covid-19. Apart from this, dozens of families have been home quarantined in Banbhulpura area of Nainital, said officials.