South African Muslim Cleric Dies Of Coronavirus After Attending Delhi Mosque Event


South African Muslim Cleric Dies Of Coronavirus After Attending Delhi Mosque Event

Moulana Yusuf Tootla attended the March 1-15 Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizmuddin.

Johannesburg:

A South African Muslim cleric, who recently returned from India after attending the Nizamuddin congregation, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, according to his family members.

Moulana Yusuf Tootla, 80, attended the March 1-15 Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizmuddin area, that has emerged as the epicentre for the spread of the coronavirus in different parts of India and abroad after thousands of people took part in it.

Tootla, who died on Tuesday, was buried after his body was collected in a bag by the Islamic Burial Council (IBC).

The Nizamuddin area is famed for the shrine of the 14h century Sufi mystic Khwaja Nizamuddin Auliya.

Indian authorities have launched a nationwide search for participants of the huge religious gathering amid fears that thousands present there could have carried the infection to the length and breadth of the country.

Various nationals, particularly from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan come for Tabligh activities in Delhi.

A family member of the cleric, on the basis of anonymity, told local media that Tootla began showing flu-like symptoms on his return from India.

Subsequent tests at a private facility revealed that he had the virus. “By the past weekend Tootla had almost fully recovered from his treatment, but by Monday morning he started feeling ill again. “His condition deteriorated rapidly,” the family member said.

Tootla was reportedly advised not to travel to India for the gathering, but he was adamant to go.

He had participated in scores of similar gatherings across the globe, according to fellow clerics, but none of whom could confirm if other South Africans had also attended.

“He (Tootla) said his fate is in Allah’s hands, as He (God) had already decided when he would recall him,” said the family member.

Tootla’s extended family is in self-isolation for 14 days, although none of them have tested positive for the virus.

IBC chairperson Salim Kazi said small adjustments were made for Muslim burials to ensure compliance with the government guidelines during the 21-day nationwide lockdown which is now in its 8th day.

The guidelines restrict the number of people who can attend a funeral, so hundreds of people who had known the Islamic leader had to be advised to offer prayers for him in their homes.

According to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre, South Africa has 1,585 COVID-19 cases and nine people have died of the disease in the country.

Meanwhile, majority of the people who tested positive for the disease in New Delhi are those who took part in the religious congregation.

According to Delhi’s Health Department, 301 patients out of the 445 cases in the state are those participated in the Tablighi Jamaat, and Chief Minister Kejriwal said that the number of cases could spike as all 2,300 people evacuated from the Tablighi’s ”markaz” were being tested.

World

12,03,041Cases

8,91,400Active

2,46,848Recovered

64,793Deaths

Coronavirus has spread to 181 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 12,03,041 and 64,793 have died; 8,91,400 are active cases and 2,46,848 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 9:27 am.

India

3,374 472Cases

3,030 380Active

267 83Recovered

77 9Deaths

In India, there are 3,374 confirmed cases including 77 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,030 and 267 have recovered as on April 5, 2020 at 9:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

DistrictCases

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Pune51

Mumbai Suburban41

Sangli24

Nagpur15

Thane14

Ahmednagar11

Raigad5

Palghar5

Buldhana4

Yavatmal4

Satara2

Kolhapur1

Jalgaon1

Nashik1

Aurangabad1

Ratnagiri1

Gondia1

Sindhudurg1

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490

472

42

24

DistrictCases

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Coimbatore33

Tirunelveli28

Erode25

Namakkal17

Dindigul13

Madurai11

Theni10

Karur9

Tiruppur8

Thiruvarur6

Kanniyakumari5

Salem5

Sivaganga5

Virudhunagar4

Thoothukudi4

Kanchipuram3

Ramanathapuram2

Vellore2

The Nilgiris1

Ariyalur1

Tiruvannamalai1

Tiruchirappalli1

Details Awaited*243

485 74

482 75

6

3 1

DistrictCases

South77

South West14

West10

East9

North West9

South East9

North East8

North6

Central4

New Delhi3

Shahdara2

Details Awaited*294

445

436

15

6

DistrictCases

Kasaragod54

Kannur25

Ernakulam18

Pathanamthitta14

Kozhikode6

Malappuram6

Thiruvananthapuram6

Thrissur5

Idukki3

Kottayam3

Palakkad3

Alappuzha2

Kollam1

Wayanad1

Details Awaited*159

306 11

259 3

49 8

2

DistrictCases

Hyderabad55

Warangal Urban12

Medchal Malkajgiri9

Ranga Reddy7

Karimnagar5

Mahabubnagar4

Kamareddy4

Bhadradri Kothagudem4

Nalgonda3

Sangareddy2

Nizamabad2

Jogulamba Gadwal2

Suryapet1

Mulugu1

Nagarkurnool1

Jangoan1

Mahabubabad1

Medak1

Details Awaited*154

269 110

244 79

32 31

7

DistrictCases

Gautam Buddha Nagar28

Meerut12

Agra11

Lucknow7

Ghaziabad6

Baghpat2

Moradabad2

Bareilly1

Ghazipur1

Jaunpur1

Kanpur Nagar1

Kheri1

Pilibhit1

Varanasi1

Shamli1

Details Awaited*151

227 53

210 53

19

2

DistrictCases

Jaipur35

Bhilwara23

Jodhpur14

Tonk9

Jhunjhunu8

Churu6

Ajmer5

Dungarpur3

Bharatpur2

Pratapgarh2

Sikar1

Udaipur1

Jaisalmer1

Pali1

Alwar1

Dholpur1

Dausa1

Details Awaited*86

200

179

21

0

DistrictCases

Visakhapatnam3

Krishna2

Chittoor1

East Godavari1

Guntur1

Spsr Nellore1

Prakasam1

Details Awaited*151

161

161

1

1

DistrictCases

Bengaluru Urban38

Mysuru11

Uttar Kannad9

Chikballapur9

Dakshin Kannad4

Kalaburagi3

Udupi3

Bengaluru Rural2

Davangere2

Chitradurga1

Dharwad1

Kodagu1

Tumakuru1

Details Awaited*59

144 16

136 17

12

4 1

DistrictCases

Ahmadabad32

Surat10

Gandhinagar9

Vadodara9

Rajkot7

Bhavnagar4

Porbandar3

Gir Somnath2

Kachchh1

Mahesana1

Botad1

Details Awaited*26

105

101

14

10

DistrictCases

Indore66

Jabalpur7

Ujjain5

Bhopal4

Gwalior2

Shivpuri2

Details Awaited*18

104

110

0

6

DistrictCases

Srinagar17

Bandipora11

Badgam7

Udhampur4

Jammu3

Rajauri3

Baramulla2

Pulwama2

Shopian2

Details Awaited*41

92 17

90 16

4 1

2

DistrictCases

Kolkata15

Nadia5

Hooghly4

24 Paraganas North3

Medinipur East3

24 Paraganas South2

Howrah2

Medinipur West1

Details Awaited*34

69

62

10 7

3

DistrictCases

Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar18

S.a.s Nagar9

Hoshiarpur5

Jalandhar5

Amritsar2

Ludhiana2

Patiala1

Details Awaited*15

57

61

1

5

DistrictCases

Gurugram25

Faridabad6

Panipat4

Sirsa3

Panchkula2

Ambala1

Hisar1

Sonipat1

Palwal1

Details Awaited*5

49

25

24

0

DistrictCases

Patna5

Munger4

Saharsa2

Begusarai1

Lakhisarai1

Nalanda1

Siwan1

Details Awaited*15

30

31

0

1

DistrictCases

Marigaon2

Karimganj1

Nalbari1

Details Awaited*20

24

24

0

0

DistrictCases

Dehradun6

Pauri Garhwal1

Details Awaited*15

22 6

20 6

2

0

DistrictCases

Khordha3

Details Awaited*17

20 15

20 15

0

0

DistrictCases

Chandigarh16

Details Awaited*2

18

18

0

0

DistrictCases

Leh Ladakh11

Kargil2

Details Awaited*1

14

4

10 7

0

DistrictCases

North And Middle Andaman7

South Andamans3

10

10

0

0

DistrictCases

Raipur4

Bilaspur1

Durg1

Rajnandgaon1

Details Awaited*2

9

6

3

0

DistrictCases

North Goa2

South Goa1

Details Awaited*4

7

7

0

0

DistrictCases

Kangra3

Details Awaited*3

6

6

1

1

DistrictCases

Mahe1

Details Awaited*4

5

4

1

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*2

2

2

0

0

DistrictCases

Imphal West1

Details Awaited*1

2

2

0

0

1

1

0

0

DistrictCases

Details Awaited*1

1

1

0

0



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