ABOUT 25,000 people gathered in India to celebrate a religious festival as coronavirus grips the nation.The last shahi snan of Kumbh Mela was marked in a more subdued way than usual, with the event being more of a symbolic one given the current crisis facing the country.
The 184,372 new infections in the past 24 hours, have pushed overall cases in the country to more than 13.5 million.New coronavirus infections in India have reached a record high with 184,372 cases reported in the past 24 hours alone.The country has reported 13.5 million COVID-19 cases since the pandemic began - pushing its toll past Brazil's and making it second only to the US, though both countries have much smaller populations.
Experts warns of inadequate preparations as one of the largest religious festivals in the world takes place in India In the middle of a surging second wave, with the number of Covid cases hitting more than 150,000 a day, millions of Indian pilgrims are gathering at Kumbh Mela, one of the biggest religious festivals in the world.
Virus detected in more than 1,000 people in Haridwar city along the Ganges River where the weeks-long festival is being observed.More than 1,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus at the site of a major Hindu festival in India in two days, officials said, as huge crowds of mostly maskless devotees descend on the Ganges River in the northern Uttarakhand state.
More than two million devotees bathed in the River Ganges on Monday despite soaring rates of new Covid-19 cases across India, a second wave that has struck down Bollywood stars, sent migrant workers fleeing from cities and contributed to the slowing of vaccination programmes around the world.The largest bathing day of the Hindu religious festival Kumbh Mela in the northern Indian city of Haridwar highlighted the immense challenge facing officials in trying to implement social distancing as the daily rate of new Covid-19 cases crossed 160,000 over the weekend, India’s highest point since the beginning of the pandemic.
Kumbh Mela: Millions of pilgrims head to Haridwar, India, to dip in the Ganges River as coronavirus cases surge
Hindu devotees packed the streets of Haridwar, in northern India, on Monday for the largest religious pilgrimage on Earth, in scenes that defied social distancing rules just as Covid-19 infections soared in the country.At the festival, devotees wash away their sins in the river's sacred waters, which are believed to turn into "amrita" -- the nectar of immortality -- on auspicious days like Monday.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India’s health ministry warned on Sunday that a huge gathering of devotees for a Hindu festival could send coronavirus cases surging, as the country recorded the most new infections in nearly four months.
No social distancing and little mask-wearing despite coronavirus’ continued prevalence in India Tens of thousands of Hindu holy men have ceremonially bathed in the river Ganges in India as the festival of Kumbh Mela begins.
Officials in Haridwar city expect 2.5 million people for Maha Shivratri festival, one of the three auspicious bathing days during Kumbh Mela.
Quintessentially, we are herd animals, and need to belong Digesting the opinion of Professor Tim Spector – who suggests sizeable social gatherings might not be making a comeback for years – set me thinking about India’s Kumbh Mela, which is occurring right now. Kumbh gatherings are held four times during a 12-year cycle. They attract millions of Hindu pilgrims to bathe in the sacred Ganges at one of four holy cities along the river. Distilling this complex festival to a digestible core belief: pilgrims