TN CM appeals to Tablighi conference returnees to self-report

Chennai, April 1
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Wednesday said about 515 persons from the state who had returned after attending the Islamic religious conference held by Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi have been identified.

Speaking to the media here, Palaniswami said 1,500 persons from Tamil Nadu had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi.

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According to the Health Department officials about 1,100 persons had returned from the conference.

Out of the total returnees only 515 persons have been identified and traced, Palaniswami said.

On Tuesday, 50 persons in Tamil Nadu who had attended and returned from the conference tested positive for Coronavirus.

Palaniswami requested the remaining conference attendees in the state to self-report to the health department officials for medical screening.

He said many patients have been cured and if the disease is found out early, then they can be cured in the hospital itself.

Palaniswami said the government has the list of persons who had come from overseas and they are being screened.

Muslim leaders and political parties have also appealed to the conference returnees to self-report to the Health Department.

"We and the leaders of the community have appealed to the people who have returned from Delhi to report and get themselves screened," MMK leader M.H. Jawahirullah told IANS.

Queried about bankers asking the borrowers to pay back their loan dues despite three month moratorium announced on such payments, Palaniswami said the matter will be taken to the notice of Union Finance Minister.

The Chief Minister said about 400,000 people take food at the government run subsidised Amma Canteen in the state and instructions have been issued to supply food as per the demand.