A prime Kumbh Mela official Saturday stated it was unfair to name it a Covid “super-spreader” as simply 0.2 per cent of the whole RT-PCR exams carried out in Haridwar from January 1 until the conclusion of the occasion returned a optimistic consequence, whereas simply 0.5 per cent police personnel on mela responsibility contracted the virus.
Mela IG Sanjay Gunjyal additionally stated the non secular occasion formally started on April 1 when the second wave of Covid was already raging in states like Maharashtra and Haryana.
“If we scientifically analyse the Covid knowledge of Haridwar district proper from January 1 to the conclusion of Kumbh on April 30, makes an attempt to create a notion that Kumbh was a super-spreader of the pandemic look unfair,” Sanjay Gunjyal instructed PTI.
He was accountable for the whole safety preparations in Haridwar and adjoining areas throughout the Kumbh mela.
Reeling off knowledge to make his level, the senior official stated 8.91 lakh RT-PCR exams have been carried out within the district from January 1 to April 30 out of which only one,954 (0.2 per cent) have been optimistic.
Citing one more reason why the Kumbh Mela can’t be thought of a super-spreader occasion, he stated out of over 16,000 police personnel deployed within the Kumbh Mela Kshetra solely 88 (or just a bit above 0.5 per cent) had examined optimistic for Covid by April 30.
“It’s a reality value paying attention to because the safety personnel on responsibility have been immediately coping with the crowds converging at Har ki Pairi and different Ganga ghats for a holy dip within the river. Regardless of that, a really low proportion of safety personnel examined optimistic,” Sanjay Gunjyal stated.
Throughout the notified interval of Kumbh from April 1-April 30, swab samples of 55,55,893 folks have been examined for Covid out of which 17,333 examined optimistic, he stated.
The Kumbh Mela, which is attended by folks from completely different elements of the nation in giant numbers, drew flak from numerous quarters because the variety of COVID-19 instances rose at a speedy tempo.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on April 17 appealed that the occasion in Haridwar to be saved symbolic then on because of the COVID-19 disaster.
Mela IG Sanjay Gunjyal stated Saturday that devotees had begun to reach for the occasion from March itself, and Mahashivratri additionally witnessed an enormous turnout of devotees.
Nevertheless, by April 1 Haridwar district had reported solely 144 optimistic instances of COVID-19, he stated.
Sanjay Gunjyal additionally denied making a downward revision of the variety of folks attending Kumbh Mela on the three main bathing days or Shahi Snan.
The three Shahi Snan days fell throughout the notified interval of the one-month Kumbh this 12 months throughout which over 34.76 lakh folks took a holy dip within the river, he stated.
As many as 21 lakh folks bathed within the river on April 12 on Somwati Amavasya, 13.51 lakh on Mesh Sankranti on April 14, and 25,104 folks on Chaitra Purnima on April 27, he stated.
These figures have by no means been revised or modified, the IG stated.
When instructed that an official launch quoting Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat had put the variety of folks bathing within the river on April 12 at 35 lakh, the officer stated he could have given the whole variety of devotees gathering on the ghats from April 1 to April 12.