Monday, January 23, 2023
HomeHealth200 people from Delhi’s Nizamuddin area taken for Covid-19 test after 7...

200 people from Delhi’s Nizamuddin area taken for Covid-19 test after 7 report positive

Delhi Police has cordoned off the entire Nizamuddin area and are monitoring movement through drones. Legal action will be taken against violators.

Text Size:

New Delhi: A group of at least 200 people from southeast Delhi’s Nizamuddin area were taken for Covid-19 testing Monday, after seven people in the area tested positive two days ago and a few more complained of symptoms, ThePrint has learnt.

The Delhi Police have cordoned off the entire area by putting barricades, and are monitoring the movement of the people using drones, a senior police officer said.

Also read: Delhi situation in control, but must expand testing – what Covid-19 panel told Kejriwal govt

Gathering on 10 March

The Nizamuddin Markaz mosque, located in the thickly populated area, had visitors on 10 March from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan, for a gathering organised by the Tableeghi Jamaat. It is suspected that local residents may have been exposed to the deadly novel coronavirus at that time.

Two men who were present at that gathering tested positive, while one visitor, a religious preacher, died last week in Srinagar. Before coming to Delhi, the preacher had also visited the Deoband seminary in Uttar Pradesh.

“A group of 30 people was taken for testing two days ago at a Delhi government hospital, and seven of them had tested positive. Since it is a densely populated area, it was decided that people should be taken for testing in batches,” an official of the Union health ministry told ThePrint.

The official, however, could not confirm the exact number of people being taken.

“They are being taken in batches. Today, a large group was taken, and more will be taken for testing eventually,” the official said.

Dr Mohammad Shoaib, spokesperson for the Nizamuddin Markaz mosque, also said he had provided a list of names to the administration, featuring anyone who had a health issue, including cold and fever. He, however, said they do not have any confirmed cases until now.

Area sealed

The Delhi Police have sealed the entire area, because they “cannot take any risk”.

A senior police officer said: “We cannot allow any person from that area to come out, as they may infect others. They have been quarantined.”

The officer added: “We are making constant announcements asking people to remain indoors, carrying out patrolling and are monitoring the movement through drones. The people have been told that they will face legal action if they violate the orders.”

According to another Union health ministry official, there are more than 1,000 people who may have come in contact with infected persons at the 10 March event.

“The infected persons met people, who then took buses back to their respective states. This is a difficult situation, which is why we are acting with great caution. People in this area should quarantine themselves to contain the spread further,” the official said.

Also read: Delhi Police is also feeding thousands every day — away from cameras


Subscribe to our channels on YouTube & Telegram

Support Our Journalism

India needs fair, non-hyphenated and questioning journalism, packed with on-ground reporting. ThePrint – with exceptional reporters, columnists and editors – is doing just that.

Sustaining this needs support from wonderful readers like you.

Whether you live in India or overseas, you can take a paid subscription by clicking here.

Support Our Journalism


  1. All foreigners – individuals, groups and governments – should be banned to preach/ propagate religion or to finance/ make donations to religious activity in India. This ban should be total and permanent. Some foreigners come to India with the purpose of a religious pilgrimage, they should be offered visa specific for that and should not be allowed to preach/propagate religion or to finance/donations to religious activities.

  2. All foreigners – individuals, groups and governments – should be banned to preach/ propagate religion or to finance/ make donations to religious activity in India. This ban should be total and permanent. Some foreigners come to India for a pilgrimage purpose, they should be offered visa specific for that and should not be allowed to preach/propagate religion or to finance/donations to religious activities.

  3. Seize the Bank A/Cs of Markaz and recover all transportation and medical expenses and compensation-lodge FIR

  4. In the airports they were doing thermal screening which only shows the body temperature. The authorities advised that after returning from outside of the country one should quarantine themselves for 14 days, so that if the person has contacted the virus and was not detected by the thermal screeners then they would start showing symptoms and would be hospitalized. But clearly people violated this protocol thinking 5 times prayers a day will keep them safe and now the whole country is paying the price. And why were there foreigners hiding in the mosques. They even didn’t disclose their reason to visit..they were on a tourist visa. God knows what all secret they are hiding. God saves this country.

    • There is no god only ALLAH… Government also know that who came who not…modi says entirely lockdown, then where they go when everything is off… Think that too…

    • What is your view for Shiv Vihar Delhi Roits??
      Crona has taken less lives then no of Muslims killed in Delhi.

  5. If you think they have spread this virus then how come the airport authorities had left them out of airport with out checking them. .???

    Blaming a community is not the solution or the right way to find the cause. .

    If they have entered delhi then after entering they might have got attacked by this virus.

    Bcoz the carona virus screaning was already stated in delhi airport from mid of January.

    • Self EGO is not expected….

      Self quarantine solution and advice is not adopted….

      don’t blame the authorities…….

  6. Corona is shaking the world. India too is experiencing the shivers. It’s high time Government of India acts firmly and dis allow any meetings of any religions , assembling of people for purpose what so ever for a period of 30 days implementing “social distancing ” and also curfew if necessary shutting down all institutions, businesses.
    Nothing is above the safety of the nation.

  7. Real motive is to spread covid19 at large scale in India to get destroyed conomically. Since last five years years they are trying their level best to spread communal fighting/riots to defame India at international level so that foreign companies avoid investing here and get “make in india” plans failed. No competition to china.

  8. How nicely you people have tried to cover the mistake of muslims the hid foreigners in their homes and did not have information to government that the have came from foreign.
    It only came out when one person of this group died in Srinagar .
    He transmitted this to Jammu and Kashmir and there are chances that 1400 people leaving in that area might have be covid 19 positive . If there had been a fault of Indian Hindus you people would have explodee

    • At least now we need to rise above religion. Virus never identify religion prior infction. Please take care of family and friends stay home supporting the lock down.

    • It is all hidden plane game by RSS to kill muslim ,by negligence of medical officer,and police .
      Dear jha try to understand,
      Entire india Amit shah given a special order to by cut muslim communities.

    • You hindu-muslim bjp IT guy for your kind information government has all kinds of travel information for each and every single foreigner and who the person come from abroad. It is the failure government.

  9. How come the police did not know of this religious congregation. or did they just look the other way to preserve their vote bank on the order of some politicians?

  10. 💐An explicit write up on the Nizamuddin Covid 19 fiasco.
    The media must stop playing favourites. Clearly support the Govt and explicitly lay the blame, where it ought to… .The islamic Ummah needs to be guided by the Muslim Scholars, Public Figures, Actors.. . the Khan bros, N Shah, Javed Akhtar etc and educate them on the necessity of Social Distancing and Namaz being restricted, to be offered at homes only .
    Wonder, if any of these so called celebrities are into educating our muslim citizenry on Covid-19, through equally firm reasoning and conviction laced arguments, as their widely circulated views on anti CAA and police failures in handling the agitations in AMU and Jamia Milia University’s. Their support to the Shaheen-Bagh agitations are also, into the public domain.


    • Why celebs should educate them they are mature enough to understand the danger ? Atleast for humanity sake now all of them should remain in quarantine.

    • Dis
      If you talking about community and brain less
      Then look at your self and your community
      How brainless you guys are and how dirty to drink cow urin ?
      How brainless to go out for bhumi pujaa even government banned on public gatherings?
      Do u or your community have any brain?
      So look at your community and your self before anyone els

      • Mohammad and Arabs recommend Camel Urine for MERS-Coronavirus. Islam is dirty disease spreading religion, and your muslim tendencies to harass and rape women doesn’t help. Remember Mohammad died of syphillus.

Comments are closed.

Most Popular