6 pockets in Kanpur areas visited by Covid-19 positive Tablighi members marked 'red zones'

Six pockets have been declared 'red zones' in Kanpur district after six members of Tablighi Jamaat, including two foreign nationals, who attended a congregation in Delhi and visited several places here, tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday.

by Niranjani Jesentha Kumari Prabagararaj

Updated: Apr 05, 2020 18:05 IST

Tags: India Corona
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Police deployed drones to track the movement of citizens 

District Magistrate Brahmadeo Ram Tiwari said Halim Primary Masjid in Chamanganj, Humayun Masjid in Colonelganj, Suffa Masjid in Babupurwa, Badi Masjid in Baripal village in Sajeti, Naubasta and Ghatampur were declared 'red zone' by members of Tablighi Jamaat, including the six who tested COVID-19 positive.

Police also deployed drones to track the movement of citizens and unlawful assembly amid the lockdown in the 'red zone' areas.

"The decision to barricade the region of about one kilometer per hotspot was made on Saturday night after six members of Tablighi Jamaat, including two foreign nationals, found positive coronavirus in a single day," Tiwari said.

He said, "Red zone is located within a radius of one kilometer from the spot visited by the leaders of the Tablighi Jamaat. Orders were given to sanitize the region and limit people's movement properly." Dr. Ashok Shukla, chief medical officer of Kanpur, said 31 people had returned from the religious congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi.

"Twenty-two is admitted to the Lala Lajpat Rai Hospital, six of whom have tested positive for coronavirus. Nine of them are admitted to the Ursula Hospital."

Those who have come into touch with any member of Tablighi Jamaat or were present at the religious congregation in Delhi were asked to identify themselves.

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