Johannesburg , Apr 5:
A South African Muslim cleric, who recently returned from India after attending the Nizamuddin congregation, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, according to his family members.
Moulana Yusuf Tootla, 80, attended the March 1-15 Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizmuddin area, that has emerged as the epicentre for the spread of the coronavirus in different parts of India and abroad after thousands of people took part in it.
Tootla, who died last week, was buried after his body was collected in a bag by the Islamic Burial Council (IBC).
Tootla was reportedly advised not to travel to India for the gathering, but he was adamant to go.
He had participated in scores of similar gatherings across the globe, according to fellow clerics, but none of whom could confirm if other South Africans had also attended.
Tootla’s extended family is in self-isolation for 14 days, although none of them have tested positive for the virus.