Coronavirus Outbreak: At least 9 Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan's Punjab province

At least nine Tableeghi Jamaat activists have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Pakistan's Punjab province, taking the total infections to 6,506 in the country, according to a media report on Thursday.

Press Trust of India April 16, 2020 12:24:46 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: At least 9 Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan's Punjab province

Islamabad: At least nine Tablighi Jamaat activists have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Pakistan's Punjab province, taking the total infections to 6,506 in the country, according to a media report on Thursday.

The new cases emerged on Tuesday in different districts of the Punjab province. Two weeks back, 198 Tableeghi Jamaat workers were quarantined in Pakpattan and nine of them have tested positive, Dawn newspaper reported.

Coronavirus Outbreak At least 9 Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive for COVID19 in Pakistans Punjab province

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"Their test reports were received and of them, one tested positive for the virus in Pakpattan. Similarly, six other preachers tested positive for coronavirus in Sahiwal and two others tested positive in Bahawalpur," authorities were quoted as saying in the report.

According to the Johns Hopkins University data, over 2 million people are infected by the virus and more than 136,000 people have died of the disease globally.

Pakistan till now has reported a total of 6,506 confirmed cases of coronavirus with 123 deaths, the paper reported.

Quoting sources, the report said the district police has quarantined members of Tableeghi Jamaat in a mosques in Dhoore Kote near Khairpur Daha.

One of them developed symptoms of coronavirus and later became the first positive case in the area, police said.

The other Tableeghi Jamaat activist was also transported from a mosque to the hospital.

Earlier, the Tableeghi Jamaat held a convention in Lahore in March, ignoring warnings by officials and later its members spread the disease across the country.

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