Almost 72 hours after testing over 18,000 people at a Hindu gathering during Kumbh Mela celebrations in the city of Haridwar in Uttarakhand state, more than 100 people have tested positive for COVID.
On 11 April, over 280,000 devotees from all over the country attended the second Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) in the Ganges as part of the ongoing festivities.
The news of over 100 people testing positive has created panic.
Netizens have been criticising the mass gathering as India is being choked by a second wave of the pandemic, saying the festival is like a ticking time bomb for the rest of the country.
Just realised this as i was talking to a friend. It's not just a kumbh issue, it's a ticking time bomb for everyone. Yikes https://t.co/q6QTXxrEjd— Precedent (@MOU53RAT) April 12, 2021
102 test positive at #Kumbh!Only thing we can currently do is to wait and watch how many test positive for #covid-19 at election rallies!No offence If there's no Covid-19 for mass religious gatherings and election rallies. I strongly oppose the imposed #lockdown2021 & covid proto— Shaily Toppo (@tarana_barkat) April 13, 2021
- Over 28 lakh people attended Kumbh.— Abhijeet Dipke (@abhijeet_dipke) April 13, 2021
- Only 18,169 people were tested at the site.
- 102 people tested positive.
People were allowed to enter despite not having a negative RT-PCR report.
102 people have tested Covid positive at #Kumbh. 28 lakh devotees visited #Haridwar on Monday. There is no thermal screening nor any action against those not wearing masks. The lives of lakhs of devotees are being put at risk due to the negligence of the Uttarakhand govt.— Dr. Shama Mohamed (@drshamamohd) April 13, 2021
As of now, the Uttarakhand state government under its newly elected chief Tirath Singh Rawat has not commented on the fresh outbreak.
Kumbh Mela, which is celebrated four times over the course of 12 years in India in four locations, Prayagraj, Ujjain, Haridwar, and Nashik, is dictated by the positions of the Sun, Moon, and Jupiter.
This year, however, instead of bringing festive cheer and salvation from sin, Kumbh Mela has paved the way for a surge in coronavirus infections.
In the last 24 hours, India has recorded a massive rise of 161,736 COVID cases, taking its total tally to nearly 13.7 million. In addition, India has also seen 880 virus-related deaths in the last day, with 171,089 fatalities registered overall so far.