“10-20 Pilgrims Testing Covid+ve Each Day”: Centre Warns Ahead Of Kumbh
In view of the rising number of Coronavirus infections in the country, the Centre on Sunday directed Uttarakhand to follow stringent measures to control the spread of COVID-19 during Kumbh Mela, during which pilgrims from across the country are expected to visit the state. The note was sent after a high-level team sent to the state raised concerns after reviewing medical care and public health arrangements for the Kumbh Mela.
Based on the findings of the team, Uttarakhand has been asked to increase the number of Covid testing as per the ICMR guidelines to ensure that the pilgrims and local population is appropriately tested, the Health Ministry said in a statement. Periodic testing of frontline workers before and after auspicious snan, effective risk communication, enhanced testing in potential high transmission areas are among other measures directed by Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan in his letter to the Uttarakhand Chief Secretary.
The Union Health Secretary has also observed that currently more than 12 states in India have shown a surge in Covid cases during past few weeks, and pilgrims expected to visit Haridwar during the Kumbh Mela could also be from thes