Govt identifies and quarantine 9,000 primary Tablighi Jamaat workers

New Delhi: The government on Thursday said that a total of 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been identified and sent to quarantined facilities so far.
A Home Ministry official said that the efforts have been put in to search their contacts as the group has emerged as a major source of Covid-19 infection across the country.
“9,000 Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been identified across the nation and sent to quarantine. Among them 1,306 are foreign nationals,” said MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava.
These people had attended a religious congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat at the Nizamuddin Markaz last month, which led to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases across the country.
Addressing a routine press conference on Covid-19 here, Ms Srivastava said that 2,346 workers who have been evacuated from Tablighi Jamaat’s six-storey mosque complex called Markaz in Nizamuddin since March 29 here.
Out of these 2,346, 250 were foreigners, Ms Srivastava said, adding that a total of 1,804 persons have been shifted to different quarantine centres while 334 positive cases have been hospitalised.
On being asked about the resignation of doctors of Delhi’s Hindu Rao hospital doctors resigning over demand for personal protection equipment, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Luv Agarwal said, “We have placed orders for more than 1.5 crore PPEs and the supply has started. PPEs have also been sent to the States. Orders have also been placed for more than 1 crore N95 masks.”
On death of a person due to COVID-19 in one of the largest clusture Dharavi in Mumbai, he said, “There has been a death in Mumbai’s Dharavi today. In the particular colony, the building has been sealed and sample collection of all residents of the building is underway. As per protocol, contact tracing is underway.”
As of now, 1965 confirmed cases and 50 deaths have been reported.
During the last 24 hours, 328 new confirmed cases and 12 new deaths have been reported. 151 persons have been cured/discharged from the hospitals after recovery, Mr Agarwal said.

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