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Health officials launched recently a nationwide search for participants of the south Delhi's Nizamuddin gathering. This place is home to a famous Dargah, which has become the new epicenter of the deadly virus pandemic amid fears that thousands who attended it could have carried the infection across India. Now they are back to their respective states - virtually a large part of India, in particular, south India; they form the potential sources of infections. Efforts are being made to quarantine them to avoid the spread of the virus. Most of them are reluctant and have not yet come out on their own to submit themselves to medical examination report to the health officials.
Many of the states mentioned above have reported COVID-19 cases linked to the Delhi congregation. The unfortunate thing is some reports say the gathering took place despite lock-down in Delhi - blatant breach of government guidelines. The scary thing is the emerging fresh cases of infection from Delhi, Maharashtra, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar, among other places, taking the nationwide tally past 1,400 with at least 45 deaths, as per figures announced by government officials in different states. Already six deaths were reported by the Telangana government recently, all of whom had attended the Nizamuddin congregation. According to the TN government, the aggregate number is at 124, with at least 77 of them having links to the Tablighi Jamaat. Already, a suburb of Tirunelveli city, TN - Melapalayam has been under totally blocked. Several Muslims from this area who attended the jamat in Delhi have tested positive for corona.
Many residents of the center in Nizamuddin, Delhi started showing symptoms for coronavirus infection and police and paramilitary officials locked down the area but authorities fear a spread of the virus. In such a scenario no social distancing is possible and it may cause grave danger to public health. The unfortunate fact is the main objective of containing COVID-19 is negated.
In the next one month or so, such mistakes should not be repeated and if we are careful we can certainly reduce the toll considerably.