Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has said that one of the main reasons behind the sudden increase in COVID-19 cases in the state is the return of Tablighi Jamaat members who had visited Delhi for attending Nizamuddin Markaz event.
Talking about the spurt in coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad, Rupani said, “A large number of people attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi and came back to Gujarat. By the time we could track them, they had already come in contact with their friends, family and other people around them. This led to the rise in cases in the city.”
The Gujarat Chief Minister made these remarks while talking to news agency IANS.
Rupani further said that Gujarat administration has conducted intensive tests and added that rise in cases reflect a positive sign for the administration and the people because it helps the officials in identifying the affected patients and putting them under necessary medical care.
“The intensive tests done by the administration have helped us identify the affected people, thereby leading to a rise in the cases. As of May 1, we have conducted more than 68,000 tests across the state,” he said.
India has recorded 46,711 cases of the novel coronavirus and 1,583 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry’s latest update.
With 14,541 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Gujarat (5,804) and Delhi (4,898).