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Time to put India’s Covid-19 superspreader Tablighi Jamaat under the microscope along with coronavirus

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09.04.2020

Of the total 5,734 confirmed cases in the country, a huge 1,445 were infected during an event of the Tablighis at Delhi’s densely populated Nizamuddin area, the Indian health ministry said on Monday. The lethal virus has killed 166 people in India so far — and incredibly nearly 65 percent of new cases originate from the TJ event.

It’s not just India where the TJ has been a major source of the spread. Similar situations have been seen in Pakistan and Malaysia, too. The first two cases of Covid-19 in Gaza had been imported from an event hosted by the religious outfit in Raiwind, Pakistan. Pakistan quarantined 20,000 TJ worshippers who flouted government advice and attended a gathering in Lahore in mid-March — and is trying to track down tens of thousands more.

In breach of local guidelines amid a 21-day national lockdown, the March event at the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque in Delhi attracted 1,010 Indian and 281 foreign Muslim worshippers, according to reports.

In an audio widely shared by media, TJ chief Maulana Ameer Saad Kadhalvi — right now hiding in “self-quarantine” in Delhi despite a First Information Report (FIR) against him — is heard exhorting his supporters to defy the lockdown and government advisories and get together for the........

© RT.com