Kumbh Mela or a Covid hotspot? 1086 people tested positive.

On the day of second Shahi Snan around 35lakh devotees gathered in Haridwar to take the holydip in the ongoing Kumbh Mela. Such massive gathering resulted in 1086 Covid positive cases in mere 3days. With 3rd Shahi Snan scheduled for today this number is expected to rise even more as the Covid guidelines are torned apart.
Masks and social distancing seemed to be a distant guideline for just a few amid 35lakh gathered there.

Also, amid random testing at the mela 102 devotees were found Covid positive among 18000+ tested on Sunday and 26 devotees found to be Covid positive among 9000+ tested on Monday evening, with 408 cases reported in all of Haridwar in a single day, which itself is an alarming rise in the cases. Today, even Uttrakhand’s CM requested the devotees to follow the Covid guidelines on the day of the 3rd and biggest Shahi Snan with even bigger cluster of devotees expected to be gathered.

With Kumbh Mela scheduled till 27th April 2021 it remains to be seen how the authorities handle this situation which is on the verge of turning bad to worse.

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