A survey conducted by the Monash Business School in Uttar Pradesh in 2020 found that 66% of participants believed that Muslims were responsible for the spread of Coronavirus. According to Open Access Government, Professor Asad Islam, Director of the Centre for Development Economics and Sustainability in the Monash Business School, asked 2,138 people across 40 neighbourhoods in Uttar Pradesh what they thought about the rise in Coronavirus cases, clarionindia.net reported.
Since the pandemic began in India, members of one of the major Muslim organization named Tablighi Jamaat have been called initial super-spreaders of Coronavirus across the country after their congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi.
In April 2020, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said, approximately 30% of the total covid-19 cases in India are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event held in mid-March at Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi."
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had said, “We found that 84% cases in Tamil Nadu, 63% in Delhi, 79% in Telangana, 59% in Uttar Pradesh, 61% in Andhra Pradesh, 91% in Assam and 83% in Andaman and Nicobar were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event."
A report published by Reuters on April 15, 2020, claimed that Christian and Muslim religious events elsewhere in the world have been triggers for the spread of the virus that has infected nearly 2 million people and killed nearly 130,000 worldwide.