Nearly 80 per cent of the coronavirus cases in Haryana belonged to the Tablighi Jamaat, said Health Minister Anil Vij, here on Thursday. “Of the 134 coronavirus patients in the state, 106 belonged to the Tablighi Jamaat,” he said.
Haryana has set up 14 hospitals to treat only Covid-19 patients and will soon start rapid sampling. “We are going to do rapid sampling in every district to know the exact (positive) cases,” he told the media via video link.
He said 15,000 people with foreign travel history had been quarantined and held the Tablighi Jamaat accountable for the Covid-19 spread that was otherwise under control in the state.
Officials told a news outlet that the government had issued an ultimatum to the Tablighi Jamaat followers, who returned to the state after visiting Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March, to report their whereabouts to the nearest police station or face criminal prosecution.
The Jamaat followers had been warned that concealing such information would lead to a criminal case of attempt to murder, an official said.
Haryana has witnessed 154 cases, comprising 10 foreigners, with two deaths and 18 cured.
The maximum number of 38 cases were reported from the Muslim-dominated Nuh, followed by Gurugram (32), Palwal and Faridabad (28 each), Karnal (five) and Panipat (four).