A religious event held on March 18 had seen thousands come together in Delhi's Nizamuddin area. However, matters have since taken a grim turn with over 200 people who had been in the area at the time and who live around the mosque that had organised the event turning symptomatic.
On Monday, district officials took around 200 people to various hospitals. According to a report by The Hindu, the area around the mosque has been cordoned off by the Delhi Police, and drones are now monitoring the area to ensure that the coronavirus lockdown is followed.
It is not clear exactly how many people attended the event organised by the mosque. While one report by The Hindu talks about 500 people from different states who had attended the event, another report by the same publication voices the concern of Tamil Nadu officials that over 1,500 people may have been in attendance at the Tablighi Jamaat event.
Delhi has been repeatedly making the news when it comes to the coronavirus outbreak. Recently, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal came under heavy criticism after hundreds of migrants returning home gathered without much care for social distancing norms at the Anand Vihar Bus Station.
Kejriwal however was quick to respond. At a press conference the next day he reiterated the need for a lockdown to halt the spread of the virus and assured migrants that they would be provided with food and shelter at the national capital.
On a lighter note, the lockdown and subsequent political responses has led one Twitter user to re-imagine the cast of the Mahabharata.
From Prime Minister Narendra Modi as Lord Krishna to Arvind Kejriwal as Shakuni -- all we can say is that the Twitter-verse has quite the imagination.