Vijayawada : Massive hunt has been launched to trace around 800 people from Andhra Pradesh who attended Tableeghi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin in New Delhi.
Three of these people have died but surprisingly the spot tests from the samples collected from their bodies tested negative for COVID 19. Samples have now been sent to better-equipped labs for confirmation.
Sources in AP police said all the deceased had traveled to Delhi by trains to participate in the religious meeting.
Around 380 people from Telangana had attended the congregation of whom six died.
Most of the people who attended the congregation are from 13 districts including Andhra Krishna, Guntur, East Godavari, West Godavari, Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam, Prakasham, Nellore, Kadapa, Kurnool, Anantapur and Chittoor.
The majority of them who attended Delhi religious meeting is from Kurnool, Kadapa, and Guntur. District authorities are making efforts to trace out those attended and their contacts. It is suspected that 800 people have met several people after they came back from Delhi.
Delhi Police team, including Joint CP DC Srivastava have reached Nizamuddin area after there were reports that some people, who had attended a religious gathering at Markaz in Nizamuddin tested positive for #COVID19.
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Delhi government has now cordoned off Nizamuddin in a bid to disinfect the area.
Andhra Pradesh Director General of Police Guatam Sawang is expected to make a statement on the situation. Principal Secretary K S Jawahar Reddy is monitoring the situation.
Chief Minister Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has ordered the officials to take all measures to prevent further spread of the disease.