On Thursday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that more than 68 per cent of the deadly COVID-19 positive cases are linked in the national capital are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event held at the Markaz Nizamuddin despite the looming pandemic.
“In the last 24 hours, with only 17 new cases being reported and two deaths, the total number of cases rises to 1,578 of which, 1,080 cases (68.4 per cent) are Markaz cases,” the Delhi Health Minister told ANI.
Out of the total cases, 867 people have been admitted to hospitals. 29 people are in intensive care, 5 are on the ventilator and 32 patients are dead.
Talking about if the lockdown extension would help in containing the spread of COVID-19 cases in Delhi, he said: “Three weeks of the national lockdown have already been passed with 17-18 days more to go, if the public follows the lockdown norms judiciously, we can contain the spread to quite an extent.”
He noted that the identified coronavirus hotspots in the national capital will continue to remain sealed as the chances of new cases emerging are from these areas is high. “The hotspots have been sealed from all corners and health workers are also going to these areas and checking for any symptomatic patients. The necessities required by people will be fulfilled,” he said.
After a pizza delivery boy in Delhi was found to test positive for the novel virus, the Delhi health minister said 17 other delivery boys linked with him have been placed under institutional quarantine and 72 people have been placed under home quarantine.