A million set to throng India's Ganges for holy dip despite COVID-19

12/1/2022 5:30:00 AM

A similar big religious festival in north India last year helped spread the Delta variant that infected millions of people.

India, Bankim Chandra Hazra

A similar big religious festival in north India last year helped spread the Delta variant that infected millions of people.

Nearly one million Hindu worshippers are expected to gather on the banks of the Ganges river this Friday and Saturday for a holy bathe despite galloping COVID -19 infections across the country, an official told Reuters on Tuesday. India reported 168,063 new COVID -19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold rise in a month. Most infected people have recovered at home and the level of hospitalisations has been less than half of that seen during the last major wave of infections in April and May.

11 January 2022, 4:33 am·2-min readA man wearing a protective face mask walks past a mural on a street, amidst the spread of COVID-19, in MumbaiBy Subrata NagchoudhuryKOLKATA (Reuters) - Nearly one million Hindu worshippers are expected to gather on the banks of the Ganges river this Friday and Saturday for a holy bathe despite galloping COVID-19 infections across the country, an official told Reuters on Tuesday.

India reported 168,063 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold rise in a month.Most infected people have recovered at home and the level of hospitalisations has been less than half of that seen during the last major wave of infections in April and May.

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A million set to throng India's Ganges for holy dip despite Covid-19KOLKATA - Nearly one million Hindu worshippers are expected to gather on the banks of the Ganges river this Friday and Saturday for a holy bathe despite galloping Covid-19 infections across the country, an official told Reuters on Tuesday (Jan 11). India reported 168,063 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold rise in a month despite testing being well below...

A million set to throng India's Ganges for holy dip despite Covid-19KOLKATA — Nearly one million Hindu worshippers are expected to gather on the banks of the Ganges river this Friday (Jan 14) and Saturday for a holy bathe despite galloping Covid-19 infections across the country, an official told Reuters on Tuesday. Best of luck to India with a million throngs at the Ganges. Assuredly, there will be record breaking of Covid-19 new cases and deaths. Is that wisdom?

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Read full article 11 January 2022, 4:33 am · 2-min read A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a mural on a street, amidst the spread of COVID-19, in Mumbai By Subrata Nagchoudhury KOLKATA (Reuters) - Nearly one million Hindu worshippers are expected to gather on the banks of the Ganges river this Friday and Saturday for a holy bathe despite galloping COVID-19 infections across the country, an official told Reuters on Tuesday.A man wearing a protective face mask walks past a mural on a street, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), in Mumbai, India, Jan 10, 2022.India reported 168,063 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold rise in a month.Copy to clipboard https://str.

India reported 168,063 new COVID-19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold rise in a month. Most infected people have recovered at home and the level of hospitalisations has been less than half of that seen during the last major wave of infections in April and May. India reported 168,063 new Covid-19 infections on Tuesday, a 20-fold rise in a month despite testing being well below capacity. Many states have announced night curfews while the capital Delhi has also imposed a weekend lockdown, closed private offices as well as restaurants and bars in a bid to rein in the fast-spreading Omicron variant. But tens of thousands of pilgrims have already reached the site of the annual Ganges ritual on an island in the eastern state of West Bengal, which is reporting the most number of cases in the country after Maharashtra state in the west. But tens of thousands of pilgrims have already reached the site of the annual Ganges ritual on an island in the eastern state of West Bengal, which is reporting the most number of cases in the country after Maharashtra state in the west. Many states have announced night curfews while the capital Delhi has also imposed a weekend lockdown, closed private offices as well as restaurants and bars in a bid to rein in the fast-spreading Omicron variant. "The crowd may swell to anywhere between 800,000 to one million. In recent days, hundreds of healthcare and frontline workers, including police, have contracted the virus, and there were media reports that hundreds of parliamentary staff have also tested positive ahead of a budget session on Feb 1.

We are trying to implement all COVID protocols," Bankim Chandra Hazra, a West Bengal minister in charge of organising the festival known as the Gangasagar Mela, told Reuters. "The crowd may swell to anywhere between 800,000 to one million. "We have also arranged for sprinkling of the holy water from drones so that there is no crowding . "We have also arranged for sprinkling of the holy water from drones so that there is no crowding .. "We have also arranged for sprinkling of the holy water from drones so that there is no crowding .. but the sadhus (Hindu holy men) are bent on taking the dip. but the sadhus (Hindu holy men) are bent on taking the dip.. Despite the rise in infections, five states including the most populous Uttar Pradesh will hold elections starting Feb 10, though authorities have barred political party rallies until at least the middle of this month.

We can't prevent them." A similar big religious festival in the north of India last year helped spread the Delta variant that infected millions of people and killed tens of thousands. We can't prevent them. The Calcutta High Court, responding to a plea from doctors who are worried the festival could become a virus"super spreader" event, ruled on Tuesday that all pilgrims must be tested for Covid-19. The Calcutta High Court, responding to a plea from doctors who are worried the festival could become a virus "super spreader" event, ruled on Tuesday that all pilgrims must be tested for COVID-19. It was not immediately clear how so many pilgrims could be tested over the next few days or if the ruling would be enforced. Every year on Jan 14, on the important Hindu day of Makar Sankranti, pilgrims visit Gangasagar village for a dip at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. Doctors had appealed to the court to reverse the decision to allow the festival this year. Dr Bhramar Mukherjee, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, has said the gathering could be"disastrous". India's overall Covid-19 testing has remained around 1.

Bhramar Mukherjee, professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, has said the gathering could be "disastrous". India has reported a total of 35. Story continues Every year on Jan. 14, on the important Hindu day of Makar Sankranti, pilgrims visit Gangasagar village for a dip at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. Deaths rose by 277 to 484,213 on Monday. India has reported a total of 35. They believe doing so washes away their sins and those of their ancestors. India has reported a total of 35.6 million Covid-19 tests on Monday, while the capacity is more than two million. More On This Topic.

88 million COVID-19 infections, the world's biggest tally after the United States. India conducted 1. Deaths rose by 277 to 484,213 on Monday. If you don’t like our faces, listen to our fortnightly podcast E-Junkies where we lepak one corner with famous people #. India conducted 1.6 million COVID-19 tests on Monday, while the capacity is more than 2 million. REUTERS Related topics. It has dropped the need for all close contacts of confirmed patients to get tested.

(Reporting by Subrata Nagchoudhury; Additional reporting by Chandini Monnapppa; Writing by Krishna N. Das; Editing by Robert Birsel) TRENDING .