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Super-spreader fears rise after a Delhi area finds itself under sudden virus glare

It all started from a religious congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat in the area.

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Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020, 01.37 PM IST
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Later, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, West Bengal, residents of states had visited, also reported cases linked directly or indirectly to the congregation.
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A four-storey building in the densely-populated, narrow lanes of Delhi's Nizamuddin Basti has come to typify the country's fears over the rapidly widening reach of novel coronavirus.

Dozens of masked men on tankers filled with disinfectants have been sanitising the areas around the Nizamuddin dargah, as it emerges as one of the 'virus hotspots' of the country. While screening tents have been set up at the entrance of Alami Markaz, the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat, which has emerged as a super-spreader of Covid-19 in the country, has been completely sealed off.

It all started from a religious congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat in the area, reports say. Nine Indians who attended the gathering have died of the disease — 6 from Telangana and one each from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir. At least one foreign national, a Filipino, has died and 19 foreigners, followers of this Islamic missionary movement, have tested positive for the virus across the country so far.

According to a Times of India report, a team of 34 sanitation workers and 20 domestic breeding checkers has been stationed in the basti keeping in view the “developing situation”. Till now, 30,000 litres of disinfectants have been used in the area.

Of the 25 cases reported in the national capital on Monday, 18 were those who attended congregation, including two foreign nationals. About 300 people involved directly or indirectly with the congregation are under observation at the city's Lok Nayak Hospital.

How it began
In the first week of March, the Tablighi Jamaat held a religious congregation its the New Delhi headquarters, where more than 1,000 people participated. Some of the participants, including senior preachers, had come from countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Indonesia where Covid-19 had already spread.

After the congregation, participants left for various states, some of who later developed symptoms of Covid-19. It all, however, went unnoticed until a 65-year-old man, resident of Jammu and Kashmir, died on Thursday.

Later, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, West Bengal, residents of states had visited, also reported cases linked directly or indirectly to the congregation.

As on Monday, 20 people across the country, linked to the congregation, had been confirmed positive and as many as 1,000 are under watch for disease symptoms.

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