The death toll in Telangana due to coronavirus has risen to six, with five more deaths confirmed late on Monday evening. While the government registered 227 fresh infection cases nationally — the highest for one day.
All of them had participated in a Tableeghi Jamat religious congregation at Nizamuddin, New Delhi.
Tableeghi Jamat is an association of Islamic preachers active in many countries, in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in particular. The organization’s main headquarters is the Banglewali mosque in Nizamuddin, New Delhi.
The gathering was held from 13-15 March-just before the declaration of the countrywide lockdown. Among those who attended the congregation were approximately 380 people from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
In Delhi, 24 of the 102 people screened for the virus after being taken to Lok Nayak Hospital have been found positive so far, though records of nearly another 200 being taken to two other hospitals are still expecting.
An official statement said 265 people have been identified and sent to isolation centers in the districts of Guntur, Prakasham and Nellore who had attended the congregation from Andhra Pradesh.
Four of the six deaths occurred in Hyderabad, and one in Nizamabad and Gadwal each, the press release said without details. The other participants and their contacts were checked on.
The links to the Mumbai and Karnataka deaths emerged on Tuesday as the true extent of the coronavirus cluster outbreak became a little clearer.
A 65-year-old Philippine national who expired in Mumbai on March 22nd due to Covid-19 had visited the congregation together with a group of 10, and three individuals in the group also tested positive. Many people with whom the priest had contact were quarantined.