Kumbh Mela 2021: 102 devotees test COVID-19 positive in Haridwar after ‘shahi snan’, says report

Every day thousands of devotees are taking part in the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, amid the second wave of Corona virus in the country. These numbers are increasing even more on the day of the ‘Sahi Snan’. Corona rules are not being followed in Haridwar Mahakumbh. Due to which there is a danger of corona explosion.

The Uttarakhand government is struggling to maintain basic preventive measures like effective thermal screening and wearing of masks during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. By Monday (12 April) evening, over 28 lakh devotees had come to the Ganga for the second Shahi Snan. According to medical department officials, 18,169 people were tested for corona, out of which 102 people have been found infected with corona virus. These corona investigations were carried out from Sunday 11.30pm to Monday 5 pm.

According to The Indian Express, their reporter passed through an area of ​​10 km from the railway station in Haridwar to Har ki Pauri and other ghats in the last 48 hours. But nowhere did the system of thermal screening appear. Despite the new AI-enabled CCTV system to monitor people, people did not wear masks. But no action was being taken against anyone.

The Covid-19 Negative RT-PCR report was the mandatory criterion for everyone to come to the Kumbh Mela. But according to media reports, this too is being ignored. When asked about their RT-PCR reports to more than 0 devotees, only 15 of them had Covid-19 negative RT-PCR reports.

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Raj Pratap Singh, a government teacher of MP Bhind, who arrived in Haridwar by car on Monday morning. He said, our RT-PCR report was checked at the Narsan checkpoint on the Uttar Pradesh border. No one asked about it in the Kumbh Mela area. No thermal screening was done in the area.

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Pramod Sharma, a businessman from Jammu, arrived at the Kumbh Mela on Monday morning without a mandatory RT-PCR report. Talking to the media, he said, the passengers of Haridwar were asked to land at Jwalapur railway station about 3 km ago. But there were too many passengers, and no one asked about the RT-PCR report. Later, we took a bath in the Ganges at the Gau Ghat. There was no thermal screening anywhere.

In view of these conditions in Haridwar Mahakumbh, health experts have expressed concern for this. They say that if the Corona guidelines are not followed at the Kumbh Mela, then the situation may become worse in the coming times. Some experts say that if strict steps are not taken in time, then the situation may worsen.

Kumbh Mela IG Police Sanjay Gunjayal has told the media that we are constantly trying to get the rules to prevent the spread of corona virus. We are therefore continuously appealing. But it is quite crowded here and it is impossible to invoice. People are finding it quite difficult to follow social distancing.

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