Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, April 7
The number of Covid cases in Haryana touched 142 on Tuesday, with 46 fresh cases being reported. There is a jump of 47.9% in the last 24 hours.
The fresh cases were reported from Nuh (23), Faridabad (13), Palwal (3), Gurugram (2), Sonepat (2), Ambala (2) and Jind (1). Nuh leads among districts, with 37 cases, followed by 29 in Palwal and 27 in Faridabad.
Health Minister Anil Vij maintained that the spike in Covid cases was due to many Tablighi Jamaat members testing positive for the disease. “Tablighi Jamaat members constitute a sizeable chunk of the total active cases in the state. A majority of those who entered the state before the lockdown have been traced to Nuh district,” he said.
At Nuh, all 23 cases reported today were related to Tablighi Jamaat or their contacts. “As many as 37 villages have been identified which will be declared containment zones. We are in the process of executing the containment plan,” said Nuh DC Pankaj.
In Faridabad, 11 of the 13 new cases were Tablighi related, while at Palwal three cases came to light and two at Ambala. In Sonepat also, one case related to Tablighi was recorded. In total, there are 97 Tablighi-related cases forming 68.3% of the total positive cases.
According to ADGP Law and Order Navdeep Singh Virk, a total of 1,557 Tablighi Jamaat workers had been tracked so far. Out of them, samples of 839 were taken. There is no data on actual number of workers. The state has so far registered FIRs against 106 foreigners who are part of Jamaat and had come on tourist visa.
Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora has directed officers to make an aggressive containment plan in their respective districts to stop community transmission. Chairing a crisis coordination committee meeting, she said that while executing the micro-level planning, door-to-door survey of every household should be conducted to ascertain how many people were quarantined, isolated, recovered, medically tested and if delivery and supply chain of essential commodities was being maintained.
She directed the police department to appoint a supervisory officer in each district for the areas which have been quarantined so that a close watch can be kept on the people during the isolation period and even after it.
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