Delhi orders release of 4,000 Markaz attendees

New Delhi: Suspected coronavirus patients being taken to Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital from Delhi’s Nizamuddin area where a religious congregation of 2000 people at a mosque has thrown up several corona positive cases as six of the persons who returned to Telangana have died from the virus and positive cases are emerging from at least five regions including J&K, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and the Andaman and Nicobar islands; on March 31, 2020. The suspected outbreak was discovered earlier today in Delhi as it emerged that several hid their travel history to foreign countries and a large congregation was held on March 13-5 at the at the Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s Markaz in Nizamuddin. The area was sealed today and hundreds of those present were whisked away to hospitals. With this the coronavirus death toll in the country is 43 while the total number of cases has risen to 1,280. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, May 6 (IANS) The Delhi government has issued an order to release about 4,000 Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the religious congregation at the Nizamuddin Markaz last month and have completed their due quarantine period.

According to official sources, the government has also asked for action against those facing legal cases.

“Close to 4,000 people related to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin Markaz were caught from different parts of the city in March-end and April beginning. While more than 1,000 were found positive for coronavirus, rest were kept in quarantine centres across the city,” an official said.

The official added that while those infected have been cured, the others have completed their isolation period.

“The government has taken the decision to release them with the due procedure,” the official said.

More than 2,300 people were evacuated from the Markaz building in Nizamuddin in March-end. The people from different parts of the country and world were found living under one roof without following any social distancing guidelines.

Later, the administration also hunted and caught several people who took part in the congregation last month.

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