New Delhi: There were as many as 261 foreign nationals among 1,746 people lodged at the Tablighi Jammat’s Nizamuddin Markaz facility as on March 21, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced ‘Janata Curfew’ across India to contain COVID-19 spread.
Additionally, the Ministry said about 824 foreigners had been, as on March 21, doing Tabligh (Chilla) activities in various parts of the country.
The Home Ministry made the announcement after the headquarters of a religious sect in the Nizamuddin area emerged as one of the biggest Coronavirus hotspot in India with 24 people testing positive and nearly 200 others showing symptoms. The authorities have begun evacuating the six-storey building of some over 1000 others believed to have been exposed to the virus.
The building belongs to the Tablighi Jammat, a Muslim sect that hosted this month its annual congregation.