Four Sri Lankans who attended event in India test positive for virus

Monday, 6 April 2020

Four Sri Lankans who attended a religious event in India have tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Hindustan Times reported that four men from Sri Lanka, who had allegedly attended the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month, tested positive for COVID-19, in the Nuh district on Sunday.

Eight people have been confirmed to have COVID-19 from Nuh and seven of them had visited the congregation in Nizamuddin, held mid-March.

Virender Yadav, chief medical officer (CMO), Nuh, said: “Two of the patients were found near the Palwal border on March 31 while entering Nuh and the other two were traced to Umra village. They were quarantined and their samples were collected which have come positive,” he said.

Police said all those who had attended the event and those who had come in close contact with them have been identified in Nuh. All samples will be collected by Sunday night, they added.

“There were 270 people who had attended the Jamaat in March, who then went to Palwal. They had started moving to Nuh after the lockdown was announced and were identified within a week,” said Yadav