Over 450 from Assam attended Nizamuddin congregation, Covid-19 tests tomorrow

Over 450 from Assam attended Nizamuddin congregation, Covid-19 tests tomorrow

As many as 456 people from Assam took part in a religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin that's now being linked to a cluster of coronavirus cases, the state government says.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said he had ordered district officials to locate these individuals and immediately quarantine them.

Sarma said they would be tested tomorrow for the coronavirus, a previously unknown kind that causes a potentially fatal respiratory disease called Covid-19.

The Assam government is appealing to them to voluntarily report to the nearest public hospital or call the 104 helpline.

Reports say many have returned to Assam, but a few are still in the Nizamuddin area.

Acccording to India today received lists of the attendees from Assam. As many as 56 are from Hailakandi district, whose administration says nine people who returned on March 9 are in home quarantine.

Fifteen others from Hailakandi district proceeded to Rajasthan after the congregation in Nizamuddin.

Assam has no coronavirus cases so far, but fear has been mounting after six people who attended the Nizamuddin congregation died of Covid-19 and others have tested positive.