COVID-19 Update: Uttarakhand suspends Char Dham Yatra, in view of rising infections

COVID-19 Update: Uttarakhand suspends Char Dham Yatra, in view of rising infections Tirath Singh Rawat Source: ANI

New Delhi: As the country continues to grapple with the rising case of COVID-19, the Uttarakhand government announced the suspension of Char Dham Yatra this year. The Char Dham Yatra was slated to begin from May 14 this year and could have become a super spreader event, infecting hundreds and thousands of people. The state was already facing a lot of flak for its decision to hold Kumbh Mela amidst the second wave of the coronavirus.

Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said that only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja.

Uttarakhand government has suspended Char Dham Yatra this year in view of the COVID-19 situation in the state. Only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja

The Char Dham Yatra involves visiting four holy sites in the country, which are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.

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This is a welcome step as the state is still reeling under the surge in covid cases. It recorded 6,054 new COVID-19 cases and 108 deaths on Wednesday. There are 45,383 active COVID-19 cases in the state, while 1,17,221 have recovered, as per the state health department.

Meanwhile, India reported 3,79,257 new COVID-19 cases pushing the total tally of the country to 1,83,76,524 cases on Thursday morning. The new infections spike from the previous day of 3,60,960 case reported on Wednesday. While more than 3,600 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,645 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

The spurt in new cases, which are still above the 3-lakh mark, pushed the total number of infections to 1,83,76,524 cases in the country. With over 3,645 deaths, the death of the country rose to 2,04,832 lives lost till Thursday morning. While a total of 30,84,814 active cases were reported on April 29.

(With ANI inputs)

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