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Haridwar Bans holy Dip by Devotees On Occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’

The state government citing rising COVID-19 cases in the poll-bound state has also banned all forms of political rallies till January 16.

Image used for representation. Devotees in Haridwar gather for the last Shahi Snan of Kumbh 2021 on the day of Purnima, or full moon, in Haridwar, on April 27, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Amid increasing cases of COVID-19 in Uttrakhand, the Haridwar district administration has put a complete ban on devotees taking holy dips on the occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti‘ on January 14.

In addition the state administration has also restricted movement in ‘Har ki Pauri‘ area. Night curfew will be imposed between 10 pm to 6 am on January 14, said Vinay Shankar Pandey, DM, Haridwar.

The Uttarakhand government has already closed all schools as well as Anganwadi centers on Monday. As per the state government order, the schools will be closed for all students up to class 12 till January 16. However, schools will hold online classes for the students.

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The state government citing rising COVID-19 cases in the poll-bound state has also banned all forms of political rallies till January 16. Only eateries, like restaurants, Dhabas and hotels are permitted to remain open but have to operate at half capacity.

As per the state health department, Uttarakhand recorded 1,292 new COVID-19 cases, and 5 deaths on Monday. The state’s total death toll has increased to 7,429, while the positivity rate of infection has shot up to 07.57 per cent. As many as 5,009 active cases are there in the state, and the total covid tally has risen to 3,52,177 cases.

This is after the state vaccinated its entire population with the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in October.

On January 2, about 85 students of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Nainital’s Gangarkote tested positive for COVID-19. This had led the state government to impose restrictions on physical classes for school students.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand will go for a single-phase assembly poll on February 14. Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra announced the poll schedule for Uttarakhand on Saturday along with that of four other states.

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