The Delhi Police has cordoned off the Nizamuddin Basti on Monday after the cluster showed a spike in Covid-19 cases. Over 1,500 people from different parts of the country and Asia had attended a convention of Islamic preachers held by the Tableeghi Jamaat here earlier this month, where some of them contracted the illness.
The event was held at the Tablighi Jamaat’s international headquarters in Nizamuddin, and now around 1,600 people are stuck in the complex, including 250 foreign nationals since all international and domestic flights have been suspended due to the country-wide lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
District authorities took around 200 people from the cluster to three government hospitals and around 2,000 people were home quarantined in and around the basti. Nine preachers who came from Andaman & Nicobar tested positive for Covid-19. A 65-year-old preacher who attended the convention passed away in Srinagar last week.
Delhi Police have cordoned off the area around the mosque in Nizamuddin, near the ‘dargah’ (shrine) and drones are being deployed to ensure strict implementation of lockdown. Nearly 400 houses are under observation. Residents of the basti on Monday held a meeting and appointed committees to ensure the lockdown was implemented and there was no panic. There are five exit points which are being guarded by the police, but 15 exit points within the basti where we have appointed our own people to stop.