647 cases of Covid-19 found in the last 2 days linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation: Ministry of Health

NEW DELHI: Up to 647 positive Covid-19 cases found in 14 states in the past two days are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

Of the 12 deaths reported in the past 24 hours, some are related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, joint secretary of the health ministry Lav Agarwal said at a daily press conference.

The congregation took place early last month in the Nizamuddin West area of ​​the national capital.

So far there have been 2,301 cases of Covid-19 in India and 56 deaths, of which 12 have been reported since Thursday, he said, adding that there has been an increase of 336 cases since Thursday.

He said 157 patients have so far recovered.

The joint secretary said 647 positive coronavirus cases have been found in the past two days that are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, and these were reported from 14 states (and union territories) Andaman and Nicobar, Delhi, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana Uttarakhand, and Uttar Pradesh.

If we see an increase in cases in the past few days, it is mainly due to an increase on a particular level, Agarwal said in an apparent reference to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

He said that due to the closure and our efforts to promote social distancing, cases were reported, but there was no sharp increase.

There are 182 laboratories in the country for the diagnosis of Covid-19, of which 130 are government laboratories, said an official with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

The official said about 8,000 samples for Covid-19 were analyzed Thursday.

Agarwal also said that 30 lakh have downloaded the government's 'AarogyaSetu' mobile app to help people assess Covid-19 risk.