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Tens of thousands of people have gathered to take a dip in the holy Ganges river as a deadly second Covid-19 wave continues to sweep India.

The devotees are marking an auspicious bathing day on Monday at the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar city of the Himalayan state of Uttarakhand.

Officials say they are struggling to impose safety norms due to huge crowds.

Hindus believe bathing at the river will cleanse their sins and bring salvation.

The Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years and the venue is chosen from amongst four cities, including Allahabad, Haridwar, Nasik and Ujjain.

Haridwar's turn to host the gathering came amid a sharp rise in the number of coronavirus infections, with India consistently reporting more than 100,000 cases daily in the past few weeks. On Sunday, India logged more than 152,000 cases and 839 deaths.

Health experts had appealed for the festival to be cancelled, but the government went ahead saying safety rules would be followed.

A senior police official told ANI news agency that it was very difficult to ensure social distancing on the river banks.

"We are continuously appealing to people to follow Covid-appropriate behaviour. But due to the huge crowd, it is practically not possible to issue challans (fines)," inspector general of police Sanjay Gunjyal said.

He said that a "stampede-like situation" could arise if the police tried to enforce social distancing on the river banks.

Monday - Somvati Amavasya - marks the biggest bathing day during the two-month-long festival, with hundreds of thousands of devotees expected to take a dip.

The government had earlier said that only people with Covid negative reports would be allowed at the festival and strict measures like social distancing would be followed.

But a number of people, including top saints, have already tested positive.

This has given rise to fears that Monday's bathing day will help the infection spread faster among the devotees and that some of them could also take the virus back to their cities and villages in other parts of the country.
The second wave is wreaking havoc across India. Reports on a shortage of hospital beds and life-saving drugs have started coming in from different parts of the country.

The state of Maharashtra is particularly affected - accounting for an average of almost 30-40% of daily cases. Measures like night curfews and limited lockdowns have been taken but a green-light to the Kumbh Mela festival has baffled experts.

Some of them say that the worst is yet to come unless strict, urgent measures are taken, and that includes ramping up vaccinations.

India has given more than 100 million doses so far but the pace needs to further pick up to halt the spread of the virus.(BBC)

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  • holeyshit Monday, 12 April 2021 12:23 PM

    Because of the shortage of wood and money, tens of thousands of semi-cremated bodies are now being thrown into the Ganges waters. These bodies, along with countless animal carcasses, are causing a serious health risk. “Bloated bodies, with vultures sitting on them, float by as Hindu pilgrims splash and romp in the foul and holy water.” Is this really a holy river or holy drainage? Are these people living is 21st century or still in stone age? This can be comparable with local beliefs such as Kaleniriver nagaya and Ruwanweli Dewataha .. lol.

    Saviour Monday, 12 April 2021 12:36 PM

    All these past years, did bathing at the river cleanse their sins and bring salvation? This time, salvation and COVID!! LET US LEARN FROM THEIR MISTAKES!!!

    RoaringCreek Monday, 12 April 2021 01:19 PM

    This is how delusion works!

    Raymon Tuesday, 13 April 2021 02:16 AM

    I thought we threw a pot in the river to get rid of Covid-19 and get salvation . He he ...


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