Bengaluru, Apr 1(GCCurrentAffairs) About 300 people from Karnataka had attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz Masjid in New Delhi last month, of which 40 have been identified and quarantined, Health Minister B Sriramulu said here on Wednesday.
In a tweet, the Minister also said COVID-19 test reports of 12 of them have come out as negative.
Stating that the government has got information about 62 Malaysia and Indonesia nationals who had attended the congregation have come to Karnataka, in an another tweet Sriramulu said, 12 of them have been identified and quarantined.
‘The Home Department and the Health Department will identify and quarantine those who are staying here without going to their country,’ he added.
‘A 60-year old man from Sira in Tamukuru district of Karnataka who died last week and was positive for infection, had also attended the congregation,” he said, adding that according to reports, at least 62 foreign nationals had travelled to Karnataka.
While 12 of them have returned, the remaining 50 here have been quarantined and are undergoing tests, he added.
“This is a serious development, the Home Ministry was thoroughly investigating into it, a state level special team will be formed to keep a watch on them,” he added.
Additional Chief Secretary-Health and Family Welfare Department Jawaid Akhtar had said the government has so far identified 78 people from the state who were “associated” with Tablighi Jamaat and has quarantined them.
“We are not sure whether all of them attended the congregation held earlier this month, but as they might have come in contact with those who attended in one way or the other, they have been put under government quarantine,” Akhtar had told reporters.
‘With many of them claiming that they have completed 14 days of quarantine already, we have also decided to put them for COVID-19 test’, he said, adding that the 78 persons include some foreign nationals as well.
The state health department has also appealed to any person who has attended Tablighi Jamaat Congregation to contact 080-29711171 Arogya Sayavaani (health helpline).