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A well being official takes a swab pattern from a person to check for Covid-19 at a testing centre in Allahabad, India, on April 12. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Photographs

India reported 217,353 new circumstances of Covid-19 on Friday, marking the nation’s highest single-day case rely for the third consecutive day, in keeping with knowledge from the Indian Ministry of Well being.

The ministry additionally reported 1,185 extra deaths. That raises the nation’s whole to greater than 14.2 million circumstances and 174,000 associated deaths.

Kumbh Mela: This comes as hundreds of thousands of Hindus from across the nation flock to the town of Haridwar in Uttarakhand state for the Kumbh Mela non secular pageant, the world’s largest pilgrimage.

Through the pageant, which lasts all through April, enormous crowds collect to carry prayers collectively, attend ceremonies and take holy dips within the Ganges River. At the least 4 million folks bathed within the Ganges on April 12 and April 14 mixed, two auspicious dates of the pageant.

Circumstances have spiked in Haridwar, proving consultants’ worst fears that the pageant poses an enormous Covid danger. Because the pageant started on April 1, Haridwar has reported 4,349 circumstances — that is about 500 to 600 circumstances a day, in keeping with the state well being division. 

New restrictions: In response to the rising circumstances, the Uttarakhand authorities imposed new restrictions on Thursday, together with a statewide curfew and cap on public gatherings.

The Kumbh Mela is exempted from these newest restrictions — however pointers stay in place, together with the requirement that each one devotees register their well being particulars on-line and supply detrimental Covid checks.

At the least one non secular group attending the pageant, the Niranjani Akhada, has requested these from out of state to tug again amid the rise in circumstances. 

“We have now advised all of the individuals who have come from Gujarat, Maharashtra, and so forth., to return residence as a result of the state of affairs in Haridwar is just not in management,” mentioned Ravindra Puri, secretary of the Niranjani Akhada, on Thursday. 

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