30pc COVID-19 cases across India linked to Tabligh Jamaat event

Staff Correspondent | Published: 13:32, Apr 19,2020


Tabligh Jamaat members prepare for their departure for their homes after an ijtema. — AFP file photo

Indian health ministry has said that around 30 per cent of the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country were linked to the Tabligh Jamaat event held in mid-March at its headquarters at Nizamuddin in New Delhi.

The ministry said on Saturday that the event contributed significantly to the caseload of 23 states including those with high burden of the infection.

Of the total 14,378 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 4,291 or 29.8 per cent were linked to the religious congregation, reports Times of India.

These cases are spread across 23 states and union territories of India, which include most of the high burden states, said Lav Agarwal, health ministry joint secretary.

He said that 80 per cent of cases in Tamil Nadu, 63 per cent cases in Delhi, 79 per cent cases in Telangana, 59 per cent cases in Uttar Pradesh and 61 per cent cases in Andhra Pradesh were related to the event.

Besides, some states where the number of COVID-19 cases is low also accounted for cases linked with the event.

Indian home ministry said that over 40,000 people including participants of the Tabligh event and their contacts were quarantined.


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