Tableeghi Jamaat members to be quarantined: IG Sindh

Karachi: IG Sindh says that the Tableeghi Jamaat members in the province will be quarantined as a precautionary measure to contain coronavirus from community spread.

Inspector-General of Police Mushtaq Ahmed Mehar, has passed instructions to the police to quarantine attendees of religious gatherings and those associated with the Tableeghi Jamaat in the province.

The decision comes after Raiwind is put under a full-fledged lockdown as 27 of the 50 attendees of the Raiwind gathering test positive for coronavirus. The gathering was attended by more than 2,200 people.

IG Sindh has directed to ensure the arrangements for the provision of ration and other basic necessities to those subjected to quarantine.

Earlier, 54 of the 200 Tableeghi Jamaat members in Hyderabad had tested positive for the novel virus, a health department official said, taking the city’s total to 57 and the province’s to 676.

Around 250,000 people had gathered in camps near Lahore for the annual five-day Tableeghi Ijtema, which resulted in increasing the number of coronavirus cases in the country. The main event, however, was cancelled later on.