New Delhi, May 17— As many as 16 Haj Houses across the country have been converted into quarantine facilities for Coronavirus patients – together these houses have capacity to accommodate 21,000 people.
This has been at the orders of the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs in the last one month. The Haj Houses in Bengaluru (Karnataka) and Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh) were probably the first ones converted into quarantine centres in the first week of April, days after the nationwide lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24.
Haj Houses in states provide facilities of stay to Haj pilgrims every year when they arrive from different parts of the states to embark on Haj.
“The decision to convert the Haj Houses into quarantine facilities by the ministry of minority affairs followed the directions from the cabinet secretary of the union government to various line ministries,” reports The Times of India.
The national tally of confirmed Coronavirus cases crossed 90,000 mark on May 17 – while over 34,000 of them have been cured, around 3,000 have died.