Higher than Monday the case reported in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar on Tuesday went to 594 taking the city’s tally to 2,812. The reason behind this upsurge is that thousands are gathering together to take bath in the Ganges during the Mahakumbh. Haridwar on Monday reported 408 cases.
While, the state as a whole reported 1,925 cases with 13 deaths in last 24 hours.
Crowd is continuing to gather at Haridwar even after the country going through the deadly second wave of the coronavirus with many states facing the shortage of vaccines and beds to treat the new patients.
About a million of devotees have gathered at the banks of Ganges for a one month long “Kumbh Mela” of which only 14 days have passed.
On Monday, it was the day of auspicious Shahi Snan (ritualistic bath)On Monday for which around one lakh people had gathered to take that Shahi Snan who completely violated all the Covid-19 guidelines and behaviour issued by the Union Health Ministry.
Devotees were seen without masks and social distancing.
Other than the devotees there were thousands of prophets also at the site offering holy prayers at the Mahakumbh Mela.
Those who were at the site attending the pitcher festival said that for them Covid was not any concern as the Uttarakhand government has made negative RT-PCR report compulsory for entering the state.
Meanwhile, the posters at the Mahakumbh site asks devotees for “dawai aur kadai” (medicines and discipline) and warnings have also been issued against any breach of the Covid protocols and for maintaining the Covid appropriate behaviour. However, many devotees have directly said that abiding by these warnings can not be done atleast in the festival.
The total case tally of Uttarakhand stands at 1,12,071 with the death count of 1,780.