NEW DELHI— The National Capital has recorded no new Coronavirus cases related to the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters, popularly known as Nizamuddin Markaz, in the last four days – from April 14 to April 17. However, in the same period, around 150 new cases of the highly contagious disease from other sources were added to the Delhi tally.
As per the Delhi government’s official health bulletin, the city has a total of 1707 Coronavirus cases on April 17. On April 14, the tally stood at 1561.
The number of Markaz-related cases was 1080 on April 14 and the figure remained unchanged till April 17 – it means no fresh cases related to the mid-March Markaz congregation was reported in Delhi in the last four days.
Over 2,000 people were evacuated from the grand mosque in Nizamuddin area on March 30-31. Several hundreds of them were later found to be infected with Coronavirus. A section of media and government blamed the administrators of Tablighi Jamaat for ‘hiding’ the huge crowd inside the mosque despite the lockdown. However, it was later emerged that the Markaz officials were holding written communication with the concerned government officials for one week seeking vehicle passes for the stranded persons.
After the Nizamuddin tragedy, aggressive malicious campaign against Tablighi Jamaat and the Muslim community was unleashed on news media and social media with daily government official briefings making specific mention of the incident.
For 10 days, the Delhi government also put the number of cases of Tablighi headquarters under ‘Markaz-Related’ category in its health bulletins. However, after the Delhi Minorities Commission shot a letter asking the government to stop this trend, ‘Markaz-Related’ term was replaced with ‘Under Special Operations’ from April 11.
Meanwhile, the national tally of Coronavirus cases reached 13,835 on April 17— some 1767 of them were cured and discharged while 452 died.