Kumbh Mela being the biggest pilgrimage destination in Hinduism registers thousand of devotees from around the country. All the people attending the Kumbh Mela this year will have to follow the guidelines issued by the government and any violation of which would be liable for legal actions. Owing to the ongoing pandemic, social distancing and proper sanitation would be a huge concern for such a mass scale gathering. But as it’s said, crisis leads to opportunities, this on the other hand, poses a huge opportunity for the startups who are developing or have developed solutions for coping with sanitisation, tracking etc.
In view of the large crowd that gathered on the first shahi snan on Maha Shivaratri (March 11), the central government has now deployed a high-level team led by National Centre for Disease Control director Dr SK Singh to review the Covid-19 situation in Haridwar. The team will focus on the status of implementation of Covid-related SOPs for the Kumbh Mela. The health authorities, while speaking to media persons on Monday, said that the team will inspect whether the recommendations given to the state are being implemented or not. According to the health staff, there is still uncertainty as to whether the devotees will need to carry negative RT-PCR Covid-19 test reports or not.
Meanwhile on Monday, 60 fresh Covid-19 cases were recorded in Uttarakhand. The cumulative Covid-19 cases tally now stands at 97,866 in the state. Also, the death of a 58-year-old man at Shri Mahant Indiresh Hospital pushed the toll of the virus to 1,704. Among the new cases, the maximum of 35 were recorded in Dehradun, followed by 10 in Haridwar, seven in Nainital, four in Udham Singh Nagar, and two each in Tehri and Pauri districts.
On Monday, 86 patients recovered from Covid-19 infection, taking the recovery rate to 96.22% in Uttarakhand. Till Monday, the state had 581 active cases. According to the official data, the state, till Monday, had managed to fully vaccinate 95,093 people for Covid-19 and more than 1.11 lakh elderly people have been given the first dose of vaccination. On Monday, Bishan Singh Chuphal, newly-appointed cabinet minister from Pithoragarh, also took the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination at Government Doon Medical College and Hospital.