20,000 worshippers quarantined in Pakistan after major search Apr 06, 2020 0 372 12345 AFPLahorePakistan has quarantined 20,000 worshippers and is still searching for tens of thousands more who attended an Islamic gathering in Lahore last month despite the worsening coronavirus pandemic, officials said Sunday.Authorities said they want to test or quarantine those who congregated at the event held by the Tablighi Jamaat -- an Islamic missionary movement -- between March 10-12 over fears they are now spreading COVID-19 across Pakistan and overseas.More than 100,000 people went to the meeting, organisers said, undeterred by government requests for it to be cancelled as the virus hit the country.In northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, authorities have so far quarantined 5,300 Tablighis or Islamic preachers who attended the Lahore meeting.“Health officials are conducting tests for coronavirus and some of them have tested positive,” Ajmal Wazir, a spokesperson for the region, told AFP on Sunday.Wazir said thousands of Tablighis from his province were stranded in other regions because of the closure of major highways across the country.About 7,000 have been quarantined in the central Punjab city Lahore, while in southern Sindh province up to 8,000 Tablighis have been quarantined, government officials said.Dozens more have been forced to self-isolate in southwestern Balochistan province.The Tablighi mosques and the movement’s other places of worship were shut down or marked as quarantine centres at the end of March.At least 154 worshippers who went to last month’s Jamaat had tested positive for coronavirus, with two fatalities, authorities told AFP.Coronavirus has killed at least 45 people in Pakistan but with only limited testing available, observers worry the number is far higher. Tablighi Jamaat is considered one of the world’s largest faith-based movements, with millions of followers, particularly in South Asia, and sends preachers to countries to spread Islam’s ideas. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Nine militants, three soldiers killed in clashes in Indian Kashmir Apr 06, 2020 0 390 China sends experts as Manila mulls extending coronavirus lockdown Apr 06, 2020 0 360 Sydney coronavirus cruise ship fiasco prompts criminal investigation Apr 06, 2020 0 122 Fishing boat takes 202 Rohingya migrants to Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on Sunday detained 202 suspected Rohingya Muslims who arrived illegally by boat, a top official said, raising fears that people smugglers are back in action despite the coronavirus pandemic. .. Indonesia orders citizens to wear face masks as virus cases soar Jakarta Indonesian citizens are now required to wear face masks when they are outside, the government announced on Sunday, as the number of Covid-19 cases rose to 2,273. The order to wear a face mask is in accordance with .. Taliban accuses US and its allies of violating agreement DPA Kabul The Taliban militant group on Sunday accused the United States and its allies of violating an agreement signed over a month ago in Doha, the capital of Qatar. The US military in Afghanistan rejected the .. Tokyo records 143 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours Tokyo Tokyo recorded 143 new cases of the coronavirus on Sunday, taking the number of people who have tested positive for Covid-19, the respiratory disease caused by the virus, to over 1,000. Sunday’s figure marks .. Singapore quarantines migrant workers in virus fight AFP Singapore Singapore has put nearly 20,000 migrant workers under quarantine for two weeks after a growing number of coronavirus infections were detected in their dormitories, authorities said on Sunday. The .. New Zealand coronavirus cases rise above 1000; only one death Sydney The number of novel coronavirus cases in New Zealand has reached over 1,000, health officials announced Sunday. As of Sunday morning there were 1,039 cases in the country, up 89 from the previous day, while still .. Up to 130 officers from Hong Kong anti-riot squad to be quarantined Hong Kong Up to 130 police from Hong Kong’s elite tactical squad will be quarantined for 14 days after a second officer from the unit tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local media reported on Sunday. All male ..