A Year After COVID Superspreader Jamaat Event, Nizamuddin Markaz Reopens
New Delhi: A year after being shut down because of the coronavirus-related controversy, the Nizamuddin Markaz opened its doors on Sunday.
There was a limit of 50 visitors, with policepersons checked names of those who arrived for Shab-e-Barat prayers with a list they were provided.
Tablighi Jamaat had organized a controversial religious congregation in early March last year, allegedly in violation of the Union government’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Thousands of Jamaat supporters from all over India and several foreign countries attended the congregation, which was dubbed a superspreader of the deadly virus. The Nizamuddin are was named a hotspot.
The building was locked after a case was registered against those who organized the event.
According to data provided by Union Health Ministry, there were over 4,200 confirmed cases of COVID-19 linked to the Nizamuddin event, which at that accounted for 30% of India’s total corona positive cases. Around 40,000 people, including Tablighi Jamaat attendees and their contacts, were quarantined across the country.
Last Wednesday, the Centre told Delhi High Court that 50 people chosen by the Waqf Board may be allowed to offer prayers at the mosque inside the building.