Mumbai: The state administration is working hard to prevent the community transmission of Coronavirus in Mumbai as nearly 50 per cent of the total 590 COVID-19 patients found so far in the state capital, are from four of the total 24 administrative wards of the civic body.
According to available information, out of 590 positive patients of Mumbai, 282 were detected in D, E, G-South and K- West wards under the BMC. The dreaded virus has so far claimed 40 lives in the metropolis, so far.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra Home Minister, Anil Deshmukh informed that with help from cell phone firms, the state home department was able to trace the presence of 1,885 individuals from Mumbai in the vicinity of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, which led to a spike in Covid19 cases across India.
According to Deshmukh, the home department got their locations from cell towers. Of the 1,885 Jamaat people, 1,826 persons have been traced while 59 are yet to be traced. He said those untraceable had switched off their cell phones and they would be booked unless they came forward. So far 23 Tablighis in-state are positive, 1,350 in quarantine.
Of around 5,500 COVID-19 positive cases in India, nearly a third are related to the religious gathering at the Markaz, as the Jamaat headquarters is known. The government claimed more than 8,000 people, including foreigners, visited the headquarters in early March.
While accusing the Jamaat leadership of “carelessness” during a global pandemic, experts and civil society members also blamed the government for its delayed response and allowing foreigners, particularly those coming from COVID-19 hotspot nations such as Malaysia and Indonesia, into the country.