Over 1,700 individuals have examined constructive for COVID-19 within the Haridwar Kumbh Mela space from April 10 to 14 confirming fears that one of many world’s largest non secular gatherings could contribute additional to the speedy rise in coronavirus instances.
Medical employees carried out 2,36,751 exams over the five-day interval within the mela web site. Out of those, 1,701 got here out constructive for coronavirus.
The numbers embody each RT-PCR and Speedy Antigen Check experiences of devotees and seers of various akharas (ascetic teams) over the five-day interval in the whole mela web site extending from Haridwar to Devprayag, Haridwar’s Chief Medical Officer Shambhu Kumar Jha stated on Thursday.
Extra RT-PCR take a look at experiences are awaited and the development reveals that the variety of contaminated individuals within the Kumbh Mela web site is more likely to climb to 2,000, he stated.
The Kumbh Mela space is unfold over 670 hectares overlaying components of Haridwar, Tehri and Dehradun districts, together with Rishikesh.
A majority of the 48.51 lakh individuals who took half within the final two ‘royal baths’ (shahi snan) held on the event of Somwati Amavasya on April 12 and Mesh Sankranti on April 14 had been seen overtly violating COVID norms like sporting face masks and sustaining social distancing.
Regardless of their greatest efforts, the police couldn’t impose the usual working procedures (SOPs) on the seers of akharas and the ash-smeared ascetics thronging Har Ki Pairi ghat on the 2 main bathing days as a consequence of extreme time constraints.
Because the 13 akharas needed to take their holy dip at Har ki Pairi in accordance with their allotted time slots earlier than sundown, the police and paramilitary personnel had been hard-pressed to make sure every of them vacated the ghat earlier than the arrival of the subsequent akhara in line to stop chaos.
As seers had been averse to present process RT-PCR exams until the Mesh Sankranti Shahi Snan of April 14, each testing and inoculation within the Kumbh Kshetra together with the areas allotted to the akharas are more likely to be stepped up within the coming days, Jha stated.