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.
He said across all districts, collectors have been asked to ensure that those returning from Kumbh Mela are isolated and tested. He said check posts have also been set up to ensure that such devotees don’t directly reach their homes. Vijay Rupani announced the new measures in place for Kumbh Mela returnees while in Jamnagar to take stock of the COVID situation.
So far 13 of the 300 people who have returned from Kumbh have tested positive for COVID.
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PM appeal about Kumbh Mela
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.
The Kumbh Mela where lakhs of devout have congregated to take a holy dip in the Ganges has sparked outrage as India battles a surge in COVID cases. Many reports have warned of its potential to further spread the infection given that no COVID protocols are followed. Over 1700 people who have attended the event have already tested positive.
“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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