E-agenda AajTak: Yogi Adityanath says Tablighi Jamaat responsible for nationwide surge in Covid-19

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath blamed the Tablighi Jamaat’s Delhi event for nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has blamed Tablighi Jamaat event, held in Delhi in March, responsible for nationwide surge in the number of Covid-19 cases.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday said Tablighi Jamaat was responsible for nationwide surge in Covid-19 cases across the country. Speaking at E-agenda AajTak, Yogi Adityanath said the people linked to Tablighi Jamaat worked as “carriers” of coronavirus infection.

“What Tablighi Jamaat did was condemnable. Had they not behaved in that manner, the country would have managed the coronavirus situation during the first phase of lockdown,” Yogi Adityanath said.

He said Tablighi Jamaat did a criminal act and they need to be dealt with accordingly. Yogi Adityanath said Uttar Pradesh recieved around 3,000 people linked to Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi.

The UP chief minister said, “To get a disease is not a crime. But to hide illness like Covid-19 is definitely a crime. We will take action against those who have broken the law.”

Meanwhile, as of 8am on Saturday, a total of 2,328 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in Uttar Pradesh. Of these 2,328 patients, 654 have recovered, while the disease has claimed 42 lives in the state.

Uttar Pradesh is also among the handful of states that have already reported more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases. The first case in the state was reported in Agra in early March.

According to list of Red, Orange and Green Zones earmarked by the central government, Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of districts under the Red Zone. The state has 19 districts under Red Zone, 36 districts under Orange Zone and 20 districts under Green Zone.

Some of the most-affected districts in the state are: Agra, Lucknow, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Moradabad.

Speaking overall about the country, as of 8am on Saturday, the total number of Covid-19 cases touched 37,336, of which 9,951 have recovered and 1,218 have died.

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