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New Delhi: Between March 2 and 20, more than 500 people nationwide contacted more than 40 Islamic missionaries, mainly from Malaysia and Indonesia, and are currently watching coronavirus infection.

First of all Coronavirus disease Casualties Kashmir Valley, a 65-year-old man from Srinagar, accompanied the group to religious states such as Delhi and Uttar Pradesh. Several other people who participated in the group also tested positive for the virus.

Authorities are paying close attention to students from the famous Diban Band Theological Seminary in Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, and families living near the Mohammed mosque, which is believed to have stayed at the mosque between March 9-11.

Sahara Commissioner Sanjay Kumar said that when the mosque was closed, all houses, shops and schools within a radius of 1 km had been disinfected. "We know that a meeting attended by a Kashmir patient was held in a mosque. Many people participated." In the first stage, after talking to people, we were able to talk to 11 people who were still isolated in the Saharanpur administration. Test it and stay there for another two weeks. So far, all preliminary tests have been negative. "

Nearly ten houses in the area visited by the team have been isolated. "We are still investigating these families to see if anyone needs a test," Kumar said.

The Kashmir man tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24 and died two days later. He left behind a series of contacts including his own family and doctor. In Kashmir, at least 11 primary contacts were positive, and about 70 direct indirect contacts were isolated. Currently, most foreign missionaries in this group are also segregated in different states of the country.

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According to residents of Khankah Muhallah, where the Mohammed mosque is located, those identified by the authorities as his active contacts included three Kashmir students at the seminary there, Aam and Muzan at the mosque, and one from People from Tripura. In the mosque.

Deoband's chief medical officer said they were all tested negative for the infection.

"The 25 contacts he met between March 9 and 11 were also checked, and all of them were healthy and in good condition and have not shown any symptoms since March 11." A person familiar with the matter said .

In Delhi, a district magistrate in South Delhi said that at least 51 people were part of the Markaz (event) held in Nizammuddin on March 7, with Kashmir patients and other members of the group participating. Eleven of them and their families have been identified and tested.

"More than 120 of these tests were negative, including those from 11 families, but more than 30 families here are undergoing home isolation," SDM said.

The team also travels to other states. Madhya Pradesh health officials say a group of 13 missionaries traveled from Bhopal to Ramagundam in Telangana, where seven members of the group participated . An official said: "Since three people were confirmed as positive, we have been following people who have been in with the organization for a day."

Officials in Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are also conducting similar searches. So far, 250 samples have been tested, of which 21 are positive.

The worst effects appear to have affected Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On March 7, nine people from the island went to Nizammudin markaz hospital. Medical node officer Avijit Roy told ET, "All 9 were tested positive and 4 of them remained in Delhi. They are being treated there." Roy added that another Andaman patient who tested positive went to Guntur .

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The Obama administration says measures are being taken to protect the tribes of these islands because they are more vulnerable to infection.

The possibility of an outbreak was also discussed recently at the Dar-ul-Uloom conference in Deoband. "After the news came out, we also arranged asymptotic students to go home in 50-seat buses in batches of 20, so there was no spread. At any given time we had 15,000 students studying here, so None of our officials said, "We don't want to take risks. "

Tableeghi The non-political organization Jamaat believes in the message of "Deen ki Mehnat", which means strengthening the Islamic lifestyle. These members are known to travel long distances to spread the Qur'an message among Muslims. The door-to-door movement and activities of the mosque are part of its operation.

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