1 January onwards: 2,100 foreigners belonging to Tablighi Jamaat come to India. As of 21 March, 824 were spread out in different parts of the country while 216 were lodged at the Nizamuddin Markaz.
27 February – 1 March: Tablighi Jamaat congregation at the Sri Petaling mosque in Malaysia. Around 16,000 people, including over 1,500 foreigners from India, China, South Korea, Indonesia, Canada, Nigeria, Singapore and Australia were in attendance.
10 March: Government advises all passengers having travel history to China, Hong Kong, Republic of Korea, Japan, Italy, Thailand, Singapore, Iran, Malaysia, France, Spain and Germany to undergo self-imposed quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of their arrival.
16 March: Delhi government announces ban on religious, political or social gatherings of more than 50 people till 31 March.
17 March: First death out of Jamaat cluster in Malaysia.
In the congregation held in New Delhi on this date, Maulana Saad exhorted those who had assembled to continue coming to the mosques as that was the only way the virus could be beaten.
He said in his address: