Many of Kumbh Mela returnees across the country are testing positive for COVID and Ahmedabad it seems is no exception.
So far over 1700 attendees at Kumbh Mela in Haridwar have tested positive. Now it has emerged that 23 Kumbh Mela returnees have tested positive in Ahmedabad. These devotees were among the 200 tested at the Sabarmati Station following their return from Kumbh Mela.
In all 600 such devotees had returned from the Kumbh Mela to Ahmedabad and they were tested for COVID. All those who have tested negative are being allowed to go home while the rest are being put in quarantine at Samras COVID care centres.
Kumbh Mela returnees announcement
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said that devotees returning from the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar will have to mandatorily undergo quarantine and will also need to carry out the RT-PCR test. He said all those returning from Kumbh Mela will be isolated and tested and that this was being done to ensure that they don’t end up becoming super spreaders.
So far 13 of the 300 people who have returned from Kumbh in Surat have tested positive for COVID.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that Kumbh Mela should now only be symbolic amid the coronavirus crisis. Modi said it would help in the fight against the pandemic. India recorded 2,34,692 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours.
“I appealed that two ”shahi snan” (royal baths) have taken place and Kumbh hould now be kept symbolic. This will give a boost to the fight against this crisis,” PM Modi said in a tweet in Hindi. Swami Avdheshanand responded to the tweet saying that they respect the PM’s appeal and requested people, not to gather for the ritual bath in large numbers and COVID protocols.
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