Haridwar: From today, Mahakumbh-2121 is starting in Haridwar, Devbhumi, Uttarakhand. For the Ganga bath at Mahakumbh, which runs till 30 April, devotees must bring a RTPCR negative report of coronovirus up to 72 hours in advance. Without the Corona Negative Report, devotees would not be able to bathe in the Ganges. Devotees coming from the 12 states most affected by Corona will be specially monitored. The Health Department will conduct a random sample of pilgrims across all boundaries and fair areas of Haridwar. In Dharamshalas and hotels, devotees will not be able to live without Corona’s negative reports.
CMO of Kumbh Mela Dr. SK Jha said that random samples would be taken in the border and fair areas. Random samples of one or two members of families coming from susceptible areas will be taken. All people will be returned if found infected at the border. Those found positive in the fair area will be isolated at Kovid care centers. 33 teams have been formed to investigate. Ten are private and 23 are government. Over 10,000 antigen samples will be taken every day.