A health official takes a swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 at a testing centre in Allahabad, India, on April 12.
A well being official takes a swab pattern from a person to check for Covid-19 at a testing centre in Allahabad, India, on April 12. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

India reported 217,353 new circumstances of Covid-19 on Friday, marking the nation’s highest single-day case depend for the third consecutive day, in accordance to information from the Indian Ministry of Health.

The ministry additionally reported 1,185 extra deaths. That raises the nation’s whole to greater than 14.2 million circumstances and 174,000 associated deaths.

Kumbh Mela: This comes as thousands and thousands of Hindus from across the nation flock to town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand state for the Kumbh Mela non secular competition, the world’s largest pilgrimage.

During the competition, which lasts all through April, enormous crowds collect to maintain prayers collectively, attend ceremonies and take holy dips within the Ganges River. At least 4 million folks bathed within the Ganges on April 12 and April 14 mixed, two auspicious dates of the competition.

Cases have spiked in Haridwar, proving specialists’ worst fears that the competition poses an enormous Covid threat. Since the competition started on April 1, Haridwar has reported 4,349 circumstances — that is about 500 to 600 circumstances a day, in accordance to the state well being division. 

New restrictions: In response to the rising circumstances, the Uttarakhand authorities imposed new restrictions on Thursday, together with a statewide curfew and cap on public gatherings.

The Kumbh Mela is exempted from these newest restrictions — however pointers stay in place, together with the requirement that every one devotees register their well being particulars on-line and present destructive Covid exams.

At least one non secular group attending the competition, the Niranjani Akhada, has requested these from out of state to pull again amid the rise in circumstances. 

“We have informed all of the individuals who have come from Gujarat, Maharashtra, and many others., to return residence as a result of the state of affairs in Haridwar will not be in management,” stated Ravindra Puri, secretary of the Niranjani Akhada, on Thursday. 


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