In the first week of March, the Nizamuddin DDarg religious congregation at the New Delhi headquarters. More than 2,000 people participated. Some of the participants, including senior preachers, had come from countries like Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Indonesia where Covid-19 had already spread.
After attending the congregation, the participants left for various states. Some of them later developed symptoms of Covid-19 but that went unnoticed until a 65-year-old man, resident of Jammu and Kashmir, died on Thursday.
Later, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Kerala, West Bengal—states where the participants had visited—also reported cases linked directly or indirectly to the congregation.
Overall, as on Monday, 25 people across states who were linked to the congregation had been confirmed positive for Covid-19 and as many as 2,000 are under watch for disease symptoms.
As of now 300 people who visited the muslim shrine have been hospitalized and 10 have already lost their life.