Over 2167 test positive in kumbh, no cut short plans

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawa had said on Tuesday that there is no comparison between the event held at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last year and Kumbh in Haridwar as the former was held in a closed space while the latter is being held in a vast open area.

It is really pathetic that the Covid cases in India is on huge surge and there are no plans for the government ,at least to bring strict protocols on public gatherings. A total of 2167 people were found positive for coronavirus in Haridwar — the place where the month-long Kumbh Mela is going on — in the last five days.

According to the Uttarakhand State Control Room, there were 254 COVID-19 positive cases on April 10, 386 on April 11, 408 on April 12, 594 on April 13 and 525 on April 14.
Officials have meanwhile said that despite a record surge in COVID-19 cases in the country, the Kumbh Mela will continue till April 30.


Indian Naga Sadhus (Hindu holy men) gather before taking holy dip in the waters of the River Ganges on the Shahi snan (grand bath) (Pallav Paliwal)

Kumbh Mela used to begin in January but looking at the COVID-19 situation, the state government decided to start this in April. The Centre’s SOP said that in the wake of the situation the period (of Mela) be reduced. I have no information if it’s being curtailed,” Haridwar District Magistrate and Kumbh Mela officer Deepak Rawat said on Wednesday.
Serious questions are being raised over the decision to continue with the Kumbh Mela, as India reported over two lakh new cases on Thursday, the highest-ever spike since the beginning of the pandemic.
Around 14 lakh devotees took a holy dip in the River Ganga at the Haridwar Mahakumbh on Wednesday on the occasion of Baisakhi Shahi Snan, the third royal bath in this Kumbh.


Indian Naga Sadhus (Hindu holy men) gather before taking holy dip in the waters of the River Ganges on the Shahi snan (grand bath)(Pallav Paliwal)


Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawa had said on Tuesday that there is no comparison between the event held at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last year and Kumbh in Haridwar as the former was held in a closed space while the latter is being held in a vast open area.
“There is no comparison between Markaz and Kumbh. Markaz was in a closed hall. All the people slept in a single hall with close contacts. They shared blankets. On the contrary, there are 16 ghats in Kumbh. Not just Haridwar, Kumbh is spread from Rishikesh to Nilkanth. Devotees take bath in different ghats at different times,” he had said. (ANI)

Also Read-68% voting in Uttarakhand

Read More-Exclusive pics from Kumbh as top priests ‘test positive for Covid’