'647 cases in last 2 days linked to Tablighi event'

NEW DELHI: As many as 647 Covid-19 positive cases found in 14 states in the last two days are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, the Union health ministry said on Friday.
Out of the 12 deaths reported in the last 24 hours some are related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Joint Secretary in the health ministry Lav Agarwal said in a daily media briefing.
The congregation took place early last month in the national capital’s West Nizamuddin area.
So far there have been 2,301 cases of Covid-19 in India and 56 deaths out of which 12 were reported since Thursday, he said, adding there has been a rise of 336 coronavirus cases since Thursday.
He said till now 157 patients have recovered.
The joint secretary said that “647 positive cases of the coronavirus have been found in the last two days that are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, and these were reported from 14 states (and union territories) Andaman and Nicobar, Delhi, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh”.
“If we see the rise in cases in the last few days, it has primarily been due to an increase at a particular level,” Agarwal said in an apparent reference to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.
He said because of the lockdown and “our efforts to promote social distancing, cases were being reported but there was no sharp rise”.
There are 182 labs in the country for Covid-19 diagnosis, out of which 130 are government labs, an Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official said.
The official said about 8,000 samples were tested on Thursday for Covid-19.
Agarwal also said that 30 lakh have downloaded the government’s ‘AarogyaSetu’ mobile app to help people assess risk of Covid-19.

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