The Delhi government on Sunday ordered the Delhi Disaster Management Authority to quarantined all Delhi residents returning from the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar for 14 days upon their arrival.
The order came on a day when the capital recorded a massive jump in its daily Covid-19 tally with 24,375 fresh cases. On Saturday, 167 deaths were reported due to the virus in the last 24 hours.
The DDMA said those who have visited already Kumbh from April 4 or will go there till April 30 will have to upload necessary documents verifying age, address and dates of departure and arrival on a link provided by the Delhi government.
If the documents are not uploaded, authorities will send the person concerned to an institutional quarantine centre for 14 days. The order asked district magistrates to ensure tracing and surveillance on a regular basis and quarantine the Kumbh returnees.
On Saturday, the Madhya Pradesh government had directed all DMs to quarantine Kumbh all the returnees from Uttarakhand’s Haridwar and have also been asked to inform their DMs about their arrival in the state. Madhya Pradesh has reported 11,269 fresh Covid-19 cases and 66 deaths in the last 24 hours. The number of active cases have surged to 63,000.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked pilgrims on Saturday to keep the Kumbh symbolic amidst concerns over Covid-19 spread.
Amid escalating cases, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the pandemic situation in the city had become very serious and worrisome, with oxygen stock, and remdesivir and tocilizumab drugs for patients in short supply. He said the number of beds were also running out fast and the Delhi government is trying to escalate beds on a large scale in the coming days.
Despite rising cases of Covid-19 across the country, a massive religious gathering was held at Kumbh Mela where several saints and other attendees have now also tested positive for the infection.