India has been around for a long time In the tsunami of Corona infection. The second wave in the country reached its peak in early May, and according to statistics, it is on its way down. However, there are still huge numbers of infections every day.
On Saturday, more than 165,000 new infections were recorded, and the previous day, the number was close to 174,000.
Large religious gatherings, reopening of public spaces and political gatherings were soon cited as the cause of the increase in infections in April. In particular, religious assembly is indicated; Kumbh Mela.
Ashish Jha, president of the School of Public Health at Brown University, has stated that the Kumbh Mela may have been “the largest widespread event in the history of the epidemic,” he wrote Watchman.
Earlier in May it sealed it as well BBC The festival as a super-popular event, cited reports of participants testing positive after returning home.
Epidemiologist Lillet Kant tells the British broadcaster that large groups of people without masks, singing by the river, have created an ideal environment for the virus to spread rapidly.
– Bring us a disaster
Millions of Hindu pilgrims traveled to swim in the Ganges River, and many of them returned home infected with the Coronavirus, according to the Guardian newspaper.
One of these was Gopal Singh from Vidisha district in Madhya Pradesh. He traveled with about 100 others from nearby villages. They were gathered on two buses, and they drove to the festival.
While there, he saw people getting sick, and on the way home, several of his companions complained of fever and diarrhea. He insisted on taking the coronation test upon his return, and after four days the result came back positive.
After their return from Kumbh, the cases increased to more than 30 in a few days, says Raju Raj Dangi, the leader of Singh Village.
Singh’s neighbor, who is a mother of two, eventually developed a fever. She was first treated by a local doctor, but was admitted to the intensive care unit when her oxygen level was dangerously low.
She died, and Singh says his conscience is really bad.
Our stubbornness and superstitious beliefs caused disaster.
He says he feels weak, but the thinking of anyone who might be injured “because of people like him” is worse.
Another example is the small town of Gyaraspur, where 60 of the 83 who traveled to the festival tested positive when they returned home. Writes Washington PostWhich refers to Abbas Zaidi, a doctor and a local official.
Injury rates in the air
The feast, during which the faithful bathe in the Ganges, is held in four places. In Allahabad, Nasik, Eugen and Haridwar. In the town of Haridwar, tens of thousands have gathered this year, and more than 2,600 casualties have been recorded, according to the BBC.
The festival has been shorter than usual this year, but local authorities said it was difficult to get people to turn away.
On April 12, the first day of the festival, more than three million people bathed in the River Ganges. This was also the day India overtook Brazil, which recorded the second most cases of Corona, when 168,000 new infections were recorded.
National infection rates have reached new levels in the coming weeks.
In Uttarakhand, the state where the festival was held, one can also see infection rates soaring. In early April, 500 new cases were reported every day. By the end of the month, it had risen in the air to nearly 6,000, he writes Washington Post.