Coronavirus found in six members of Deobandi Tableeghi Jamaat in Islamabad, the capital city of Pakistan.
Due to that, Islamabad capital administration on Monday placed Islamabad’s union council of Kot Hathial under quarantine.
Coronavirus found in six members
Those six members of the Tableeghi Jamaat were residing in the area tested positive for coronavirus.
Earlier, four people in Sindh and two Palestinians tested positive for the virus after attending the Tableeghi ijtima (congregation) of Deobandi Sunni Muslims in Raiwind.
Tens of thousands of people participated in Tablighi ijtima in Raiwind Lahore that began on March 11.
Although it might have continued till March 15 but rainfall made the Tablighi Jamaat to cut short the schedule on the third day.
Those tested positive for Coronavirus are part of a 13-member Tableeghi Jamaat delegation — including six Kyrgyzstan nationals and seven Pakistanis.
Staying at a mosque
They were staying at a mosque in Kot Hathial in the capital’s Bhara Kahu area.
First, the man from Kyrgyzstan, part of the preaching team, tested positive for Covid-19 on Saturday.
Then the government sent samples for testing of the other members of the Deobandi delegation as well.
The test results of five people came out positive on Monday, said Assistant Superintendent Police (ASP) Bhara Kahu Hamza Amanullah.
He said tests are also being carried out of the seven other members of the Tablighi Jamaat, which included a madrassah (seminary) student.
After the confirmation of the cases, the administration locked down Kot Hathial and deployed police at its entry and exit points.
ASP Amanullah said in a statement that the entire area has been turned into a quarantine.
He said that the district administration will get tests done of the residents of the locality.
A spokesperson for the Islamabad police said the Jamaat members who tested positive were quarantined in the mosque they were residing in.