The notorious Hazrat Nizamuddin Aulia Dargah in Delhi will remain closed until April 30 amid the unprecedented surge in COVID-19 cases in the national capital, its President Afsar Ali Nizami said on Saturday.
“We made the decision given the daily increase in coronavirus cases in the capital. Even though we followed all COVID-19 protocols, including wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, we felt it was best to keep the dargah closed until April 30. ”Said Mr. Nizami, President, Dargah Sharif Hazrat Nizamuddin Auliya.
In case the current situation does not improve, the dargah could stay longer, he added.
The holy month of Ramadan is currently underway and Muslims from all over the country come to pay homage to the dargah.
In an online briefing on Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the number of COVID-19 cases was increasing rapidly with 24,000 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
This is the biggest one-day increase in the nation’s capital to date. The day before, 19,486 cases of COVID-19 and 141 deaths were reported in the nation’s capital.
India added another record 2.34 lakh cases on Saturday, totaling more than 1.45 crore, while 1,341 deaths in 24 hours brought its death toll to 1.75649.