Home Minister Anil Deshmukh appeals to people who attended Markaz to come forward

Home Minister Anil Deshmukh appeals to people who attended Markaz to come forward

Delhi’s Nizamuddin area has come out as the new hotspot for COVID-19 outbreak. Between March 13 to 15th a religious gathering was held at the Markaz building in Nizamuddin for Tabligh-e-Jamaat and was attended by thousands of people. While there are no official numbers on how many people attended but most reports are pegging that there were about 2,000 to 3,000 people at the dargah during that time including foreign nationals.

The state and the centre are trying their best to find who all had attended the Markaz during that time and take them in for further testing. Last evening state health minister Rajesh Tope had assured that they will get on the task to find the people from Maharashtra who had attended the Markaz.

Today, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh also made an appeal to the people who had attended the Markaz to reach out to the concerned authorities so that they could be taken for further tests.

60 people from Pune who had attended this Markaz have already been quarantined. This information was shared by Pune District Collector, Naval Kishore Ram who said that till none of these people have symptoms but their samples are being sent for testing and tracing of others who may have attended the Markaz and who have come in contact with these 60 is going on.

In addition to this, about 25 people from Mumbra in Thane district have been identified. These people too had been to Delhi last month to attend the Markaz.

Authorities have so far identified at least 25 people from Mumbra in Maharashtra's Thane district who had attended a religious event in Nizamuddin area of Delhi last month, an official said on Wednesday.

These people have been identified from two madrasas in Mumbra and the search for others is still on. These too have been kept in isolation for now and word is awaited on whether they are being taken for further tests etc.

Five people in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, including two foreigners who had attended the Markaz in Nizamuddin, have tested positive.

It is being said that there are approximately 1300 people from the state that may have attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat during that time in Delhi and the authorities are looking at all ways through which they can trace these people and the ones that they may have come in contact with.