6 from Telangana Who Attended Congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin Die of Coronavirus

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New Delhi: Six persons from Telangana who had attended a religious event (Markaz prayers) between March 13 and March 15 in south Delhi's Nizamuddin area died after testing positive for coronavirus.

The Telangana Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on Monday said the dead were undergoing treatment at different hospitals in the state after their samples were tested.

"Coronavirus has spread among some of those who attended a religious prayer meeting from March 13 to 15 at Markaz in Nizamuddin area in Delhi. Among those who attended were some persons from Telangana," said an official statement from the CMO.

Two of the six died at the Gandhi Hospital, one each at two private hospitals, and one each in Nizamabad and Gadwal towns, said the statement, without mentioning the time of their deaths.

The CMO said special teams under collectors have identified those individuals who came in contact with these persons and have shifted them to hospitals.

The government has directed all the citizens who had attended the event in Delhi to inform authorities, and has asked others to alert the administration if they have any information about the same.

“All those who went for the Markaz prayers in Delhi should inform authorities. The government would conduct tests and offer treatment to them free of cost. Any one who has information about them should alert the government and authorities,” the CMO said.

More than 2,000 delegates, including those from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15, said officials as the south Delhi neighbourhood was virtually sealed by the Delhi Police following fears that some people may have contracted COVID-19.

The police said the religious congregation was organised without permission from authorities.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered the registration of an FIR against a 'maulana' for leading the congregation in West Nizamuddin, sources said.

They said the Delhi government will launch a house-to-house mapping exercise in two nearby colonies on Tuesday to check for coronavirus cases.

(With inputs from PTI)