As COVID makes inroads into rural areas, 24 people have been booked for organising a religious event purportedly against COVID and violating the norms.
The case came to light after a video went viral that showed thousands of women congregating in a village in Sanand as part of a religious event held to pray for deliverance from COVID. COVID norms and guidelines also went for a toss.
The women had congregated at Badiyadev temple for a Jal Abhishek. Many women including the sarpanch of the village have been booked for violating COVID protocols.
The woman had gathered in Navapura and Nidharda village of Sanand Taluka of Ahmedabad district. The people were asked to offer Jal Abhishek at the temple as a vow to seek deliverance from COVID. But people gathered in large numbers violating social distancing norms.
The viral video also shows loud music being played in the background. The DJ and the organiser of the programme have also been booked by the cops.
COVID in Gujarat
COVID cases in Gujarat touched 13,050 new infections per day in the last 24 hours on Tuesday. In all, 12,121 patients were discharged during the same period. 131 deaths due to the disease were recorded in 24 hours in the state.
Ahmedabad and Surat Municipal Corporations recorded 22 and 8 deaths each while 8 and 9 deaths each were recorded in municipal corporations of Vadodara and Rajkot respectively.
All other districts except Navsari, Gandhinagar Corporation, Panchmahals, Anand, Porbandar and Dangs registered COVID fatalities.
The state at present has 1,48,297 active cases of which 778 are on ventilators. So far, the state has discharged 4,64,396 patients while the fatality stands at 7,779.
Ahmedabad recorded the highest number of per day cases with the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation alone recording 4,693 cases. Surat Municipal Corporation registered 1,214 COVID cases. Surat district also recorded 360 cases.
Vadodara and Rajkot Corporation limits saw 563 and 593 cases respectively. State capital Gandhinagar recorded 151 new cases. The state has a recovery rate of 74.85%.
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