Imphal, March 31
The shocking revelation about a religious Congregation being held at Delhi’s Nizamuddin between March 13 to 15 has created a shockwave across the nation with six Telangana men who took part in the event reportedly died of COVID-19 and 24 people testing positive and nearly 200 others showing symptoms on Monday, has alerted Chief Minister of Manipur as there are reports of about 85 people from Manipur attending the prayers. As many as 462 are from Northeast India.
A source said some 1,400 people are believed to have been exposed to the virus.
Chief Minister of Manipur, N. Biren Singh in his official Facebook page appeals the people from Manipur (if in case attended) to come forward for testing. He wrote – “If there is anybody from Manipur who had attended that congregation, organised by Tablighi Jamaat at Delhi’s Nizamuddin, between March 13 and March 15, you are requested to come forward and get yourself tested for COVID-19. The religious congregation was attended by nearly 2,000 people, including foreigners. Please call helpline number: - 1800-345-3818”.
The Chief Minister further wrote that the message was not aimed at spreading panic but a call to act responsibly.
According to an unconfirmed report, many from Manipur are suspected to have attended the congregation called Tablighi Jamaat at Delhi’s Nizammudin area. A document containing the names of those who attended the congregation is being widely circulated on Whatsapp but its authenticity could not be confirmed.
However, according to a source from the Assam Government mostly visited Covid-19 hotspot Markaz Nizamuddin area between March 14 and March 22; 462 are from North East states and of these 85 are from Manipur. The number is officially confirmed.
When Imphal Times enquired the concerned Government authority about the authenticity of the said document, it could not be confirm at the moment. However, the helpline representative said, “Around 80 individuals from Manipur attended the congregation at Nizammudin and concern district authorities are trying hard to trace those and quarantine them, along with the help of local clubs and organizations.”
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