Quarantine, RT-PCR test must for returning Kumbh devotees

Delhi, Odisha, and Madhya Pradesh have asked devotees to stay in quarantine on return. The Kumbh Mela 2021 has reported over one thousand Covid positive cases.

India has recorded over 2 lakh cases in the last 24 hours. Uttarakhand's Haridwar city itself recorded over 3700 cases in the span of the last two weeks. The rising COVID-19 cases have created fear among the people. Some akharas that participated in the Kumbh Mela have decided to return.

A Sadhu wearing a facemask takes a holy dip in the Ganga during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar on April 12. Source- Scroll.in

Measures of the Delhi Government

The Delhi Government has mandated devotees to quarantine themselves for 14 days. They also have to upload their details on the government website. Anyone who breaks the norms will have to face severe legal action.

Any returnee who fails to provide necessary details has to admit themselves. The returnees must admit themselves in the government quarantine centers in that case.

Measures of the Odisha Government

The Odisha Government has also mandated the RT-PCR test. They also have to quarantine themselves for 14 days even if the test is negative. The District Officials have a list of people who have attended or are attending the Kumbh Mela.

Odisha's special relief commissioner said, " All such persons must be personally tracked. Their health condition will also be monitored".

Measures of the Madhya Pradesh Government

Madhya Pradesh Government has asked devotees to inform the district collectors. Devotees should inform the collectors when they return from the Kumbh. After assessing the situation, they will have to quarantine themselves.

Measures of the Gujarat Government

Gujarat has also mandated the submission of the RT-PCR test of the devotees. Anyone who tests positive would have to go to isolation.

Experts stated that Kumbh Mela has the potential to be a super-spreader. Within days, the COVID-19 cases in Haridwar increased at an exponential rate. But, the state government took no such measure for cutting it short. The festivities are likely to continue till the end of April.

Amid the massive surge in cases, the Juna Akhara decided to return from the Kumbh Mela. They have decided to end their participation on Sunday.

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