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Tablighi Jamaat: 1,325 of 1,400 attendees traced in State

Spray and pray: Firefighters spray disinfectants near Nizamuddin mosque in New Delhi on Thursday. The Tablighi Jamaat headquarters has emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot.

Spray and pray: Firefighters spray disinfectants near Nizamuddin mosque in New Delhi on Thursday. The Tablighi Jamaat headquarters has emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot.  

Four participants from Pune district test positive; Kolhapur police locate 10 delegates; investigations show some have changed their SIM cards

Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday said authorities have traced 1,325 of the 1,400 delegates who had returned to the State after attending the Tablighi Jamaat conclave in Delhi. The event has created panic in the country with hundreds of participants testing positive for COVID-19.

Mr. Deshmukh said all those who have been traced are now under observation and appealed to the other attendees to report to authorities. “Yes, there is a problem in finding the others as they have switched off their mobile phones,” he said.

Mr. Deshmukh also admitted that some attendees showed resistance when officials approached them. He said, “But we have brought the situation under control.” In a press statement, Mayor Kishori Pednekar said the police have traced 127 people in Mumbai who attended the Tablighi Jamaat. Of them, 105 have been quarantined.

63 people test negative

Meanwhile, four people, two each from Pimpri-Chinchwad and Pune city, who returned after attending the religious conclave at Markaz Nizamuddin tested positive on Thursday. Pune District Collector Naval Kishore Ram said, “Samples of 23 people from YCM Hospital and Bhosari Civil Hospital in Pimpri-Chinchwad, and 46 people from Pune’s Naidu Hospital were sent for testing to the National Institute of Virology. Four samples have tested positive.”

Mr. Ram said it was a relief that the samples of 63 people had returned negative, and tracing and quarantining the other attendees was under control. He said, “On receiving the information, we managed to trace and quarantine a significant number of people within 12 hours. We will be intensifying efforts and sealing areas where these people moved about.”

A total of 182 people from Pune division had either attended or were present near the premises during the fortnight-long conclave. Of the 136 from Pune district, 33 are from Pimpri-Chinchwad and the rest from Pune. Officials managed to trace and place 23 people in isolation facilities in Pimpri and Bhosari on Tuesday night.

The Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation workers spraying disinfectant in the residential complexes in a northern suburb of Mumbai.

The Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation workers spraying disinfectant in the residential complexes in a northern suburb of Mumbai.   | Photo Credit: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

Of the total attendees, 106 have been traced, including 70 from Pune district, 10 from Kolhapur and participants from Satara, Sangli and Solapur districts. According to information from the Central government, 21 people from Kolhapur, 17 from Solapur, five from Satara and three from Sangli in western Maharashtra reportedly participated in the conclave.

Kolhapur District Collector Daulat Desai said, “While the Centre mentioned 21 people from Kolhapur, our investigation revealed that 19 people from the district visited Delhi. Of these, nine are still in other States where they have been placed in quarantine facilities. The other 10 have been traced by the Kolhapur police placed in institutional quarantine facilities. Their throat swabs will be sent for testing.” Meanwhile, police investigations have revealed that some of the untraceable people in the State have changed their SIM cards.

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