30% of cases across India tied to Jamaat event: Government

Around 30% of the total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event held in mid-March at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi, the health ministry said on Saturday underlining how the event contributed significantly to the caseload of 23 states including those with high burden of the infection.

Of the total 14,378 confirmed cases of Covid-19, 4,291 or 29.8% were linked to the Islamic religious congregation . These cases are spread across 23 states and Union Territories, which include most of the high burden states, health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said. He added that 80% of cases in Tamil Nadu, 63% cases in Delhi, 79% cases in Telangana, 59% cases in Uttar Pradesh and 61% cases in Andhra Pradesh are related to the event.

Besides, some states where the number of Covid-19 cases are low also accounted for cases linked with the event.

The home ministry said over 40,000 people, which includes members of the congregation and their contacts, were quarantined.

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