In the wake of the alarming surge in Covid-19 circumstances throughout the nation, the Centre has requested the Uttarakhand Government to take stringent measures to manage the unfold of the Coivd-19 virus throughout the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has written to Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash to highlighten the considerations raised by the high-level central group, which visited Uttarakhand on March 16 and 17 to assessment the medical and public well being preparedness measures undertaken for the continuing Kumbh Mela.
The Union Health Secretary in his letter noticed that at the moment greater than 12 states in India have proven a surge in Covid-19 circumstances throughout the previous few weeks, including the pilgrims anticipated to go to Haridwar throughout the Kumbh Mela may be from these states.
He added it has been famous there’s a potential of an upsurge in circumstances within the native inhabitants after the auspicious Shahi Snan days throughout the Kumbh Mela.
Noting 10-20 pilgrims and 10-20 locals are being reported optimistic day-after-day as per the central group’s report, the Health Secretary additional mentioned this positivity charge has the potential to quickly turning to an upsurge in circumstances given the anticipated giant footfall throughout the Kumbh Mela.
The Centre knowledgeable the state authorities that the each day testing numbers reported in Haridwar (i.e. 50,000 Rapid Antigen Tests and 5,000 RT-PCR checks) should not sufficient to successfully offset enormous variety of anticipated pilgrim footfall.
The state authorities has been suggested that the share of RTP-CR checks being carried out at current must be considerably elevated as per tips of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to make sure the pilgrims and native inhabitants is appropriately examined.
The Union Health Secretary has urged the Uttarakhand Government to take inventory of the general public well being measures being undertaken by the state in consonance with the Health Ministry’s suggestions.
This comes because the 5 states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat account for 77.7 % of the brand new Covid-19 circumstances reported within the final 24 hours. Maharashtra continues to report the best each day new circumstances at 27,126 adopted by Punjab with 2,578 circumstances and Kerala reporting 2,078 new circumstances.