The Indian government has declared 10 hotspots in the country of the coronavirus. Among those 2 are in the capital Delhi. Among these 2 is Nizamuddin West, a well-known muslim pilgrimage centre, home to the Sufi saint Nizamuddin Auliya’s Dargah.
From March 13th to 15th, before the nation-wide lockdown was announced (on March 24th), a congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat – a global Islamic missionary movement set up in 1926 – drawn about 2000 followers, among which foreigners from Malaysia and Indonesia, at Alami Markaz Banglewali mosque. But it is said that it violated a Delhi State order restricting religious and public gatherings at that time.
Nizamuddin West, a popular and also quite poor neighbourhood, has been cordoned off for 2 days now, and authorities are proceeding to medical tests and evacuations. While some 330 have been sent to hospitals, over 700 have been sent to different government-run quarantine facilities. 10 people related to this event have died to this day. Many returned to their home place and are being tracked down.