Following 200 people developed symptoms and six persons died due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Telangana, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma directed the deputy commissioners to launch an intensive drive to identify and quarantine all those who had attended the Nizamuddin Markaz congregation in Delhi earlier this month.
Assam government is now in possession of a list of 299 persons who were present in and around the hotspot near Nizamuddin Dargah.
The district administrations across the state have been directed to find out if these people have returned to Assam. The returnees will be quarantined if they are in the state.
The medical and health department has alerted all districts to trace the persons who returned from the national capital and their contacts.
Around 1,830 people from different parts of the country and Asia attended the convention by the Islamic preachers held by the Tabligh-e-Jamaat in Delhi from March 1st-15th, 2020.
As more than 10 days have passed since then, the authorities will face an uphill task of identifying all those who came in contact with the positive cases.
The government has asked all those who attended the meeting at Markaz to inform the health officials and visit the nearest hospital.
The Delhi Police has cordoned off the area around the Markaz Masjid located around 100 metres from the Nizamuddin dargah. The area has now emerged as the biggest coronavirus hotspot in India.