The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has directed all States and Union Territories (UTs) to screen Rohingya Muslims living under their jurisdiction for novel coronavirus COVID-19 as many of them had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last month.
In a communication to Chief Secretaries and DGPs, the MHA stated that there are reports that several Rohingya Muslims have attended ‘Ijtemas’ and other religious congregations of Tablighi Jamaat and there is a high possibility of their contracting the highly contagious COVID-19.
The Nizamuddin Markaz, the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in south Delhi has emerged as a COVID-19 hotspot in the country.
The MHA said that the Rohingyas staying at relief camps in Hyderabad had attended the Tablighi Jamaat ‘Ijtema’ at Mewat in Haryana. The Rohingyas had also attended the meet at the Nizamuddin Markaz, the Ministry said.
The Rohingyas residing in Delhi’s Shram Vihar and Shaheen Bagh localities who had attended Tablighi Jamaat have not returned to their camps, the MHA said.
The Ministry said that there are reports from Derabassi, Punjab, and Jammu area of Jammu and Kashmir about the presence of Rohingya Muslims, who have come to those places after attending the Tablighi Jamaat.
“Therefore, Rohingya Muslims and their contacts may need to be screened for COVID-19. Accordingly, necessary measures may be taken in this regard on priority,” the letter said.
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