Pune: Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar on Wednesday said that the administration has launched a massive search to track people who attended the event organised by a Muslim missionary movement in New Delhi.
Over dozens of people have tested positive for coronavirus and at least seven people have reportedly died.
Mhaisekar said, “Overall 182 persons from Pune division had attended the event, out of which 106 have been traced, and we are still tracing others.
“Around 136 persons from Pune district attended the Tablighi Jamaat Conference in Nizamuddin, Delhi, along with 5 in Satara, 3 in Sangli, 17 in Solapur and 21 in Kolhapur. Out of these, 106 have been traced by the administration.”
“We have quarantined 94 persons and are keeping a watch on them. The swab samples of these quarantined persons have been sent for COVID-19 test, and the results are still awaited. Many people have changed their SIM cards, and so it is becoming difficult to trace them. We are coordinating with collectorates of different districts and asking them to pass on the information of people traced in their respective jurisdiction,” added Mhaisekar.
Officials of the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation said that about 33 people from Pimpri Chinchwad visited the event of which 23 have been traced, and ten are yet to be traced. The officials have appealed to people who are yet to be traced to come forward. The 23 persons are currently quarantined for 14 days, and if required, they will be quarantined for 28 days.