Tablighi Jamaat participants walk towards a bus that would take them to a quarantine facility, at the Nizamuddin West area of New Delhi on Tuesday. Photo courtesy: India Today Online
KATHMANDU, April 6: A Nepali man who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation from March 1-15 in New Delhi has been tested positive for coronavirus.
According to Nepali Embassy in New Delhi, the man has been undergoing treatment at Civil Hospital Ambala in Haryana.
Meanwhile, 18 persons, who returned to Nepal from New Delhi after participating in the event, have been staying in a quarantine facility in Saptari district for a week.
According to spokesperson of Kanchanrup municipality Raj Kumar Shah, those India returnees have been quarantined at a newly constructed building of Lakshmi Naryan Secondary School.
They arrived in Bhairahawa last Tuesday. According to them, they returned to Nepal as attendants of Markaz started dying of coronavirus disease.
Over 2,000 delegates, including foreigners from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15, according to media reports.
Several hundred in the gathering have been tested positive, the India Today Online reported. After the event, Nizamuddin became the hotspot in India from where the virus spread to several states.
Indian Home Ministry blacklisted 960 foreigners and cancelled their tourist visas over the Tablighi Jamaat event.
More than 2,300 people were evacuated from the Markaz in Nizamuddin on April 1 by the Delhi Police. A probe was subsequently launched into the organisation, its members and prior gatherings. A detailed questionnaire was also sent to the chief, Maulana Saad. In a letter to the Delhi Police Crime Branch, the Markaz chief claimed that he is under self-quarantine and the Markaz is locked.