In a blatant violation of all COVID safety norms, hundreds of people assembled on the banks of the Ganga on Sunday for a holy dip on the occasion of Ganga Dussehra in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar and Uttar Pradesh’s Farrukhabad and Hapur. The majority of the devotees were not wearing masks and cared the least to maintain social distancing.
Ganga Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day (Dashami) of the waxing phase of the moon (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu month Jyeshtha, which also marks the day when Goddess Ganga is believed to have descended from the heavens to Earth.
The development comes at a time when experts have raised concerns about a third wave of the pandemic. Also, many cities are witnessing crowding at public places after the lockdown that has again increased the chance of infection. Notably, public gatherings are still prohibited in UP and Uttarakhand after the second wave of the pandemic wreaked havoc in these states.
Earlier, chief of Delhi AIIMS Dr. Randeep Guleria said the third wave of COVID in India is inevitable and may hit the country shortly in another six to eight weeks.
“As we have started unlocking, there is again a lack of COVID appropriate behaviour. We do not seem to have learnt from what happened between the first and the second wave. Again crowds are building up… people are gathering. It will take some time for the number of cases to start rising at the national level,” he said.
The health ministry on Sunday informed that over 58,419 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.98 crore.
Also, 1,576 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 3,86,713
Of the over 2.98 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 7.29 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 2.44 per cent of the total caseload. Over 2.87 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
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