At least 7,600 Indians and 1,300 foreigners have been identified with links to an Islamic missionary group that organised a religious congregation in Delhi last month and has emerged as India’s biggest hotspot in the coronavirus pandemic, the Union Home Ministry said on Wednesday. The number, however, may increase as more members of the Tablighi Jamaat members are identified, sources said.
Twenty-three states and four union territories have worked round the clock to identify 1,306 members of the organisation from other countries since the Markaz or religious centre in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West area was identified as a hotspot by the centre.
Data collected by the Home Ministry till April 1 shows that out of them, 1,051 have been quarantined, 21 have tested positive and two have died.
Authorities said they used all resources they could to painstakingly identify 7,688 local workers of the Tablighi Jamaat and their contacts who need to be quarantined.