Tablighi Jamaat members in Pakistan test positive for COVID-19


Pakistani shopkeepers gather in front of their closed shops during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on April 15, 2020. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)
Pakistani shopkeepers gather in front of their closed shops during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Rawalpindi on April 15, 2020. (Photo by FAROOQ NAEEM/AFP via Getty Images)

At least nine Tablighi Jamaat activists have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Pakistan’s Punjab province, reports said.

Two weeks ago, 198 Tablighi Jamaat workers were quarantined in Pakpattan and nine of them have now tested positive.

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in Pakistan jumped to 6,861 with 128 deaths so far. The country claimed that 1,645 patients have recovered from the disease.

According to reports, one Tablighi Jamaat member tested positive for the virus in Pakpattan, six in Sahiwal and two in Bahawalpur.

The report further said that the district police has quarantined members of Tablighi Jamaat in a mosques in Dhoore Kote near Khairpur Daha.

One of them developed symptoms of COVID-19 and later became the first positive case in the area, police said.

The other Tablighi Jamaat activist was also transported from a mosque to the hospital.

Earlier, the Tablighi Jamaat held a  convention in Lahore in March, ignoring warnings by officials.

Reports said that its members spread the disease across the country.