Delhi’s Nizamuddin mosque, which hosted a religious congregation earlier this month has emerged as the hotspot of coronavirus cases after six who attended the congregation died in Telangana yesterday. The congregation was attended by a whopping 2000+ people from March 1 to 15 from across countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan.
Out of the 2,000 people, till now, 37 have been tested positive of the virus and the remaining tests are being carried out. These people who stayed at Tablighi Jamaat, which is a six-floor dormitory facility, ate at the same spot and then some of them had travelled to other states. The first person to die of coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir had also attended the congregation.
As of now, the south Delhi neighbourhood has been completely sealed. However, earlier, as many as 1,400 even after the congregation continued to stay at the Jamaat’s “Markaj”.
Over 300 people who were part of the congregation have been taken to different hospitals to be tested for coronavirus in Delhi and kept in isolation.
Police have asked the people who had attended the congregation to contact them immediately and also self isolate themselves. Delhi Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officials and medical teams also reached South Delhi locality on Sunday and informed that a large number of people were showing symptoms of the disease.
The Markaz, which is also called Banglewali Masjid, is adjacent to the Nizamuddin police station and famous shrine of Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya. The mosque adjoins Basti Nizamuddin, which entertains a population of over 25,000, who are now under the heavy risk of catching the virus.
…thus leaving around 1000 visitors of different states & nationalities in Markaz. It was also informed that Ld. SDM concerned had been requested to issue vehicle passes so that remaining people could be sent back to their native places outside of Delhi: Markaz, Delhi (2/3)— ANI (@ANI) March 31, 2020
List of 17 vehicles with registration numbers along with names of drivers plus their license details were submitted to Ld. SDM so that stranded visitors/guests could be ferried towards their destination. The requisite permission is still awaited: Statement of Markaz, Delhi (3/3)— ANI (@ANI) March 31, 2020
The police said that they had asked most of the attendees to vacate the building but they had said that they were stuck there because of the national wide lockdown. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered an FIR against the cleric who was leading the congregation.
If not anything else, the travel history of these people who attended the congregation can lead to a rise in coronavirus cases not only in Delhi but also in other parts of the country.