According to the Uttarakhand State Control Room, there have been 254 COVID-19 positive cases on April 10, 386 on April 11, 408 on April 12, 594 on April 13 and 525 on April 14.
Officials have in the meantime stated that regardless of a report surge in COVID-19 cases in the nation, the Kumbh Mela will continue until April 30.
“Kumbh Mela used to begin in January but looking at the COVID-19 situation, the state government decided to start this in April. The Centre’s SOP said that in the wake of the situation the period (of Mela) be reduced. I have no information if it’s being curtailed,” Haridwar District Magistrate and Kumbh Mela officer Deepak Rawat stated on Wednesday.
Serious questions are being raised over the choice to continue with the Kumbh Mela, as India reported over two lakh new cases on Thursday, the highest-ever spike because the starting of the pandemic.
Around 14 lakh devotees took a holy dip in the River Ganga on the Haridwar Mahakumbh on Wednesday on the event of Baisakhi Shahi Snan, the third royal tub in this Kumbh.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had stated on Tuesday that there isn’t a comparability between the occasion held at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last 12 months and Kumbh in Haridwar as the previous was held in a closed area whereas the latter is being held in an enormous open space.
“There is no comparison between Markaz and Kumbh. Markaz was in a closed hall. All the people slept in a single hall with close contacts. They shared blankets. On the contrary, there are 16 ghats in Kumbh. Not just Haridwar, Kumbh is spread from Rishikesh to Nilkanth. Devotees take bath in different ghats at different times,” he had stated.