Cutting short his visit to the districts with maximum number of COVID-19 patients, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today returned to Lucknow to hold an urgent meeting with senior officials, in view of reports that people from the state attended a religious event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area which has emerged as one of the biggest hotspots of the disease.
The chief minister visited Ghaziabad on Tuesday. He, however, cut short his visit and headed to Lucknow to meet senior health officers to review quarantine measures, especially in the light of the incident in Delhi, a government spokesman said. He was scheduled to visit Meerut and Agra besides Ghaziabad to review the situation.
The Chief Minister will hold meeting with senior officials later in the day, the spokesperson added. Twenty-four people, who took part in a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West earlier this month, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said today. Talking to reporters, he said that 1,033 people have been shifted to various places.
Meanwhile, the Assam government has confirmed that 299 people from the state participated in the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Hazrat Nizamuddin in Delhi. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma first tweeted that the government was in possession of a list of 299 person were present “in and around” the hotspot near Nizamuddin, and later said it had received the names of 157 more. “We have alerted District Administration to find out if these people have returned to Assam, and strict instruction issued to quarantine them if they are in the state,” he tweeted.
The Delhi Police has cordoned off a major area in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West where several people showed symptoms of the coronavirus after taking part in the Tabligh-e-Jamaat. Over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, attended the congregation from March 1-15.