Amidst the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, 30 sadhus have tested positive for Covid-19, the city’s Chief Medical Officer said on Friday.
Till now, 30 sadhus have tested positive for Covid-19. The cases are not in any specific akhada. There are cases in almost all the akhadas, including Niranjini, Juna, and others. The medical teams are conducting RT-PCR tests and the process will be quickened from April 17, said Dr. S.K. Jha, Haridwar Chief Medical Officer.
Meanwhile, the Niranjani Akhada – the second largest of more than 13 religious groups at the Kumbh, has indicated that they will withdraw their participation from Kumbh on Saturday amid the growing concerns of more sadhus contracting coronavirus.
The Niranjani Akhada Secretary, Ravindra Puri told news agency PTI that in view of the deteriorating situation due to Covid-19, Kumbh Mela has concluded for the organisation. The main ‘shahi snan‘ (‘royal bath’) is over and many from the akhada are showing symptoms of coronavirus.
However, the CMO said that Covid patients who are serious are being referred to AIIMS Rishikesh. The sadhus who tested positive also include Mahant Narendra Giri, the leader of the All India Akhada Parishad, who has been admitted to the AIIMS (All India Institute of Medical Sciences) in Rishikesh.
Another prominent sadhu, Swami Kapil Dev from Madhya Pradesh, who was the leader of the Maha Nirvani Akhada and came to participate in the ongoing Kumbh Mela tested positive for Covid-19 and died while being treated in a private hospital in Dehradun.
On Thursday night, Uttarakhand recorded 2,200 cases of Covid-19.
On Thursday, the country reported over two lakh Covid cases in 24 hours, the highest single-day spike for the first time ever.