Coronavirus: Indian mosque event becomes infection hotspot

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In March, a Sunni Muslim event called the Tablighi Jamat was held in New Delhi’s Nizamuddin area. At least 7,600 Indians, and 1,300 foreigners from countries like Malaysia and Indonesia attended a series of prayer meetings and lectures in a narrow winding lane in India’s densely populated capital. Now, authorities are trying to track down attendees and people with whom they may have come into contact, after the meeting emerged as an infection hotspot. At least 128 cases have been tracked down to this event, with seven reported deaths. The news gave rise to anti-Muslim sentiment. Earlier this week, ‘Coronojihad’ became a trending topic in India and a major source of debate on many major broadcast news channels.