The Telangana administration is estimating that over 1,000 people from the state might have attended the religious congregation in the national capital's Nizamuddin area earlier this month. (Photo: PTI)
The Telangana government on Tuesday confirmed that 15 people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area have tested positive for coronavirus.
This takes the total number of Covid-19 infected persons in Telangana to 91 of which 14 have been cured. The number of active coronavirus cases in the state now stands at 77.
Late on Monday night, the state government reported that six people who had attended the Delhi congregation have died of coronavirus. A government press release late Monday said the six persons who attended the congregation between March 13 and 15 died due to coronavirus.
The Telangana government has appealed all those who returned from the Tablighi event and their family members to report to the Gandhi Hospital in Hyderabad immediately for a checkup.
The Telangana administration is estimating that over 1,000 people from the state might have attended the religious congregation in the national capital's Nizamuddin area earlier this month, a senior official said.
The state government intensified its efforts following the death of six people who attended the meeting.
"We estimate over 1,000 persons might have attended the congregation in Delhi. Respective district collectors and police personnel were on the job to locate people who came in contact with them after their return. Family members of the deceased were quarantined depending on the symptoms they show," the official said.
Two of the six died in Gandhi Hospital and one each in two different private hospitals in Hyderabad and one each in Nizamabad and Gadwal towns succumbed to Covid-19.
Police and paramilitary personnel cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin West in south Delhi on Monday and over 700 people have been kept in isolation in hospitals after several people who took part in a religious congregation there showed symptoms of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Delhi police on Tuesday booked the cleric, who led a huge religious congregation in Nizamuddin West earlier this month, for violating government orders on not organising public gatherings and maintaining social distance to contain the Covid-19 outbreak.