India COVID-19 Outbreak: Cases Double In 3 Days, 25% Linked To Markaz

25 percent of the recent reported cases are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation  - Sakshi Post

New Delhi: The number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has doubled across the country in last 3 days, out of which 25 percent of them are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation which was here last month.

According to the data from Union Health Ministry, the numbers jumped from 1,251 on March 31 to 2,547 on April 3. It took five days to double the cases from from 606 to 1,251. But it took only three days to double from from 1,251 to 2,547. The epidemic doubling time is an estimate of the speed of spread of a disease across the country.

India reported 478 new cases in the last 24 hours which is the highest single-day spike so far. Majority of them are linked to religious meet.

Speaking to the media, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said 647 cases linked to the congregation had been reported from 14 states so far.

In last few days, many states including Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh have seen a sharp spike in COVID-19 cases. All these cases are those who attended the meet in Delhi and thri primary contacts.

As the data, Tamil Nadu reported 102 new cases on Friday, of which 100 were linked to the Delhi meet. Telangana reported 75 new cases, all linked to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering. In Uttar Pradesh, 40 of the 48 new cases reported in the last 24 hours were traced to the congregation.

The other states in which cases are linked to Markaz are: Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

With nine deaths being reported across the country in the last 24 hours, the toll has gone up to 62. Of the total cases, 162 have recovered so far. (Inputs From Indian Express)

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