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Kumbh Mela 2021 Amidst Rising Corona Cases: Uttarakhand Government directs state government to increase COVID testing to at least 50,000 persons per day

Lawstreet Journal 5 Apr 2021 8:43pm

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In the light of the large population estimated to visit the cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh for Kumbh Mela amid the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the Uttarakhand High Court on Wednesday (March 31st 2021) directed the state government to increase the daily testing to at least 50,000 persons per day. 

The State Government is also directed by the Bench of Chief Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice Alok Kumar Verma to publish the data on the internet in reference to the number of persons found COVID-19 positive along with the deaths caused by the same.

The Bench also emphasized that until and unless a larger section of the population is tested, it would be impossible to detect the spread of coronavirus through a large population. 

The court later perused the report submitted by the State Government which revealed the dearth of sanitization and manual dispensers, inadequacy in washrooms and changing rooms, absence of drinking water facilities and CCTV cameras. 

At many places the roads leading to the Ghats were in incomplete constructions. There’s also a lack of testing kiosks for carrying out COVID-19 test. Plus, the deplorable condition of the Hospitals and medical services spread through the Kumbh Mela area. 

In the directions given by the court, it was mentioned that the Hospitals should be upgraded and given the required facilities so as to tackle the re-emergence of COVID-19 pandemic. 

Considering the possibilities of a largely populated gathering at the Kumbh Mela, the court directed the State Government to deploy sufficient number of Jal Police so… Continue Reading...


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