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1. Provide proof of your claim for 25 lakh CoVid Tests.

2. Your own link says random testing showed 26 out of 9678 showed positive. i.e. infection of 0.002 %

3. India has completed 100 Million CoVid vaccination. Most of those who went for the Khumbh were already vaccinated.

4. CoVid test report was mandatory once you reached Uttarakhand. Visitors were tested on Airports, Railways station, Bus station and on all incoming roads.

1. Under tested column, cumulative figure is given.
2. Requirement of covid test report is not followed srictily.
 

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Under tested column, cumulative figure is given.
CoVid tests are valid for 72 hours. Provide me the link to those.

I am unable to see the tests for specific dates.
 

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Covid-19 protocol tossed away at Haridwar Kumbh Mela as 31 lakh throng for holy dip | Ground report
People participating in the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar were seen openly flouting Covid-19 protocol. The state administration said it's trying its best, but there are limitations in handling such large gatherings, and enforcing social distancing is very challenging.
Ashutosh Mishra
Ashutosh Mishra
HaridwarApril 13, 2021UPDATED: April 13, 2021 19:08 IST
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Sadhus during the second Shahi Snan (Royal Bath) at Har Ki Pauri, during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

No masks, no social distancing and Covid-19 protocol tossed away. This was the scene at the Haridwar Kumbh Mela on Monday as nearly 31 lakh people thronged to the Kumbh Mela for a holy dip in river Ganga at Haridwar's Har Ki Pauri.
Of course, the Uttarakhand government made tall claims that it would ensure the best arrangements are in place to manage the crowds. But ground reality in Haridwar on Monday was quite different.
Uttarakhand Director General of Police (DGP) Ashok Kumar said they had expected the crowd to be even bigger.
"Had it been an ordinary year, the gathering would have seen more than 50-60 lakh people. It appears that people were apprehensive and aware of the Covid-19 situation. This is perhaps why the footfall is significantly low this year," the DGP said.
The Haridwar Kumbh Mela
It is for the first time in the history of the grand religious congregation, held on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar once in 12 years, that its duration has been curtailed to just one month due to the pandemic.
In normal circumstances, Kumbh is held for nearly four months. Its last edition was held in Haridwar from January 14 to April 28 in 2010. Between April 1 and 30, there will be three major bathing dates (shahi snan or royal baths) on April 12, 14 and 27.

Devotees gather at Har Ki Pauri ghat to offer prayers during Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, on Monday. (Photo: PTI)
Besides the shahi snan dates when people descend in droves on the banks of the Ganga in Haridwar for a holy bath, a heavy turnout of devotees is also expected on the occasion of Chaitra Pratipada on April 14 and Ram Navami on April 21.
The notified Kumbh Kshetra (Kumbh area) covers various places in Haridwar, Dehradun and Tehri districts.
Limitations in handling such large crowds: Haridwar DM
As per official data, nearly 31 lakh people offered prayers and took a dip in the Ganga between Sunday midnight and Monday 3 pm.
Speaking to India Today TV, the Haridwar district administration said while it has made the best efforts to control the situation, there are limitations when handling such large crowds.

Haridwar District Magistrate (DM) and officer in-charge of the Kumbh Mela, Deepak Rawat said, "We are appealing to the people and making them aware about Covid-19 safety protocol. We are asking people to wear masks but ensuring social distancing in this very small area (where the Kumbh Mela is being held) is going to be a really challenging task."
Why is Kumbh Mela a matter of concern?
The Haridwar Kumbh Mela is being held at a time when India is battered by the second wave of Covid-19. For more than a week now, the country has been reporting more than 1 lakh cases every day. The highest was on Monday when India reported over 1.68 lakh cases.
Several states have imposed night curfews and other restrictions to break the chain of transmission. There are reports of states facing shortage of Covid-19 vaccines and hospital beds for Covid-19 patients.

Regarding the ongoing Kumbh Mela, experts have warned that holding such a large gathering in the midst of a raging pandemic can prove to be catastrophic and severely impede India's fight against the deadly viral disease that has claimed millions of lives globally.
What is also of concern is that people attending the Kumbh Mela come from different parts of the country. Experts fear non-observance of Covid-19 protocol may result in the infection spreading to several states.
Covid-19 protocol for Kumbh Mela
As per the SOP issued for management of the Kumbh Mela and an order of the Uttarakhand High Court, all people attending the congregation must show a Covid-19 negative RT-PCR report. This report cannot be older than 72 hours.
The administration has set up several Covid-19 testing desks at various checkpoints of the Kumbh Mela area. All entry points of Uttarakhand have been barricaded to check Covid-19 negative RT-PCR reports from visitors. Those without a report are being asked to mandatorily take a test.

"Symptomatic cases or those who are found to be positive in the random testing are being returned from the border itself," said SDM Shailendra Negi, who was in-charge of the Khanpur border.
Rising Covid-19 cases in Haridwar
As per the report issued by Haridwar's Chief Medical Officer, the district reported 300 Covid-19 cases on Sunday. A day later, Haridwar reported 349 positive cases.
The district has seen a surge in cases since April 1, when the Kumbh Mela began. On April 1, Haridwar reported less than 200 cases.
The district administration has planned to conduct about 50,000 random Covid-19 tests to check the spread of the disease.
"The random testing will be increased further as and when required," DM Deepak Rawat said.
Flouting Covid-19 norms
While reporting about the Haridwar Kumbh Mela, we came across several people who were not wearing mask and were defying other Covid-19 protocol. One such person was Govind Makhija who has come from Rajasthan.
Asked why he wasn't wearing a mask, Govind Makhija said, "When we left from Rajasthan, I took a Covid-19 RT-PCR test and the report was negative. My family members were also tested for Covid-19 at Haridwar railway station and they too tested negative. If all people are being tested and their negative certificates are being checked, how can people spread virus in Haridwar?"

Apart from the commoners, several sadhus and seers were also seen flouting Covid-19 protocol at the Kumbh Mela. Many of them have also tested positive for the disease, including the chief priest of the Niranjani Akhada and head of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, Mahant Narendra Giri.
He is currently in isolation in Haridwar at his ashram.
According to the SOP, a positive patient should stay away from meeting anyone and live in quarantine. However, on Sunday, Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met Mahant Narendra Giri in Haridwar.
The police later asked Mahant Narendra Giri not to take part in the Shobhayatra on the day of the Shahi Snan in Haridwar.
Meanwhile, speaking to India Today TV about the Kumbh Mela and the pandemic, Swami Avdheshanand from the Juna Akhada said, "The Covid-19 crisis is unprecedented and hence we always appeal to our followers and people to follow all rules put in place by the government to fight this pandemic by wearing masks and maintaining social distancing."
However, while speaking to India Today TV, Swami Avdheshanand himself was not wearing a mask.
His said he "dropped it while bathing in Ganga by mistake".

 

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Classic BBC "Half truth" propaganda.

Around 300 Saints were tested to be positive in Haridwar BEFORE THE KUMBH and ALL of them were kept in Isolation.

Listen we don't mention these things because we seek to score points. We genuinely are bothered as your neighbouring country that you have relaxed all protocols in this period of a localised surge and the emergence of unique Indian mutant forms. Your federal AND state level incompetence has real world effects on your neighbours, not to mention all the withheld vaccination doses from smaller countries like Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal precisely because of this local surge in cases. SII has said today that exports won't resume until JUNE at the earliest. I'm glad Pakistan didn't place any orders.
 

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Listen we don't mention these things because we seek to score points. We genuinely are bothered as your neighbouring country that you have relaxed all protocols in this period of a localised surge and the emergence of unique Indian mutant forms. Your federal AND state level incompetence has real world effects on your neighbours, not to mention all the withheld vaccination doses from smaller countries like Bangladesh, Maldives, Nepal precisely because of this local surge in cases. SII has said today that exports won't resume until JUNE at the earliest. I'm glad Pakistan didn't place any orders.
Spare me the hypocrisy.

There are far bigger Political Rallies in Bengal, Assam and Kerala that is not covered by this "secular" media eager to comment on "hindu" and their practices. Political rallies in CoVid rich Kerala with ZERO precautions and social distancing.

Not a single Bigot who arrived in this thread bothered to "worry" about CoVid in those political rallies.

And they come rushing in to "worry" about CoVid in Khumb Mela where Covid testing was Mandatory.

Disgusting. And that doubly goes for the Indian posters who know this reality but choose to ignore it.
 

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Pathetic.



All pilgrims had to submit CoVid negative report.

Why then should the govt. NOT allow this ?

As for the claim of "thousands and Millions" , does this look like millions ?

uhh please.. corona RT-PCR within 72 hours is not at all safe. Anyone can pick the illness in that 72hour with negative report at hand. Also, attendance is reported to be 31 lakhs, which is not less. was it really necessary for this congregation ?
 

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Spare me the hypocrisy.

There are far bigger Political Rallies in Bengal, Assam and Kerala that is not covered by this "secular" media eager to comment on "hindu" and their practices. Political rallies in CoVid rich Kerala with ZERO precautions and social distancing.

Not a single Bigot who arrived in this thread bothered to "worry" about CoVid in those political rallies.

And they come rushing in to "worry" about CoVid in Khumb Mela where Covid testing was Mandatory.

Disgusting. And that doubly goes for the Indian posters who know this reality but choose to ignore it.
Your saffron tinted glasses need adjusting. We are shocked at the political rallies as much as the religious ones. Modi's own rallies and speeches in front of non-distanced crowds should be enough of an eye opener, but no, you choose to apply a communal lens to justify your own ranting about "anti-national Indians" and apparent "hinduohobia" from your own countrymen. It's all very predictable.

You yourself didn't know that social distancing remains necessary even with a negative test (because of false negatives etc). What hope do these sadhus have queuing up to bathe in unison during a pandemic?
 

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All pilgrims had to submit CoVid negative report.

Why then should the govt. NOT allow this ?

As for the claim of "thousands and Millions" , does this look like millions ?

Yup NYPOST. Lol. Why not you quote Times of India. I asked for a Chinese source quoting a Chinese official. How the heck was an American paper able to quote a Chinese official in the middle of the pandemic? At 78% efficacy its lower than Pfizer but at least it doesn't kill old people and causes bloodclot like AZ. I remember you guys were cheering as if AZ drugs was the holy drug.... Hahahah
 

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mitrrrunnnn aoooo chalo corona corona khylain!!!

wah Modi g wah!! wahhhhh!!!
 

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uhh please.. corona RT-PCR within 72 hours is not at all safe. Anyone can pick the illness in that 72hour with negative report at hand. Also, attendance is reported to be 31 lakhs, which is not less. was it really necessary for this congregation ?
By that "logic", since anyone can get CoVid the very second AFTER they give their sample, what good is ANY report ?

Thankfully WHO guidelines are not made by Bigots like you who choose to live in their own fantasy.

Khumb comes once in every 12 years, Elections come once in every 5 years. First ban election and then come here to preach to me about banning khumb. Get it bigot ?
 

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Attempts to draw false equivalence between the Kumbh Mela and Tablighi Jamaat congregation do not make sense: Here’s why

There are fundamental differences between the two incidents despite the desperation in certain circles to draw false equivalences in order to maintain the 'secular fabric' of the country.



False equivalence between Kumbh Mela and Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Markaz Nizamuddin
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The Kumbh Mela has been underway since the 1st of April in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Visuals of the Mela have begun attracting criticism from people online. Some with malicious intentions have drawn comparisons between the Kumbh Mela and the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Markaz Nizamuddin last year.

There are fundamental differences between the two incidents despite the desperation in certain circles to draw false equivalences in order to maintain the ‘secular fabric’ of the country. It is also being suggested that the congregation is in violation of Covid-19 rules, again a clear case of misinformation.

The Uttarakhand Government has permitted the Kumbh Mela to proceed with strict rules and regulations. There are rules in place to ensure the safety of citizens. A Covid-19 negative RT-PCR report, not more than 72 hours prior to arrival, has been mandatory for attending the festival. As a consequence, the crowd this year is much lower than previous years.

In addition, all entry-points to Uttarakhand have Covid-19 testing points. At Haridwar Railway Station, passengers either have to produce a negative RT-PCR test or go through the same by the health department. Sanitizer dispensers have been set up at Har ki Paudi and special Covid-19 isolation centers have been set up as well.

Masks and social distancing are also being enforced to the extent that it is possible. Therefore, clearly, rules have been enforced in order to mitigate the possible spread of the novel Coronavirus. Contrast all such precautions with the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Markaz Nizamuddin last year.

It was still the early days of the pandemic and the virus was not widespread as it is now. Thousands were confined within a single structure in extremely confined places without any adequate arrangement for Covid restrictions.

To make matters worse, attempts were made to hide the extent of infection and attendees of the Markaz Nizamuddin carried the virus far and wide across the lengths and breadths of the country with them. When authorities pleaded them to come forward on their own, they refused to do so.

When authorities managed to track them down, in some instances, there was violence because the Jamaatis were not willing to subject themselves to isolation voluntarily. Even among those who were transferred to hospitals and isolation units, there were many who engaged in deplorable conduct that included sexual harassment and spitting on purpose on doctors and nurses.


All of this contributed to the negative coverage the Tablighi Jamaat received. If the matter was restricted to infection at Markaz Nizamuddin alone, then most people would have been sympathetic to them. However, the matter immediately escalated into uncooperative conduct, sexual harassment of medical stuff, defecating in inappropriate places and deliberate attempts to flout law and order. It was such horrifying behaviour that led to the negative coverage.

For instance, there were the occasions in Delhi when Jamaatis spat on healthcare workers. In Uttar Pradesh, those lodged at the Ghaziabad Hospital made lewd remarks, roamed around the hospital naked and made obscene gestures at the female healthcare staff. In Kanpur, some of them again misbehaved with the hospital staff. Some at another location even demanded that they be served beef. These are only a few specific incidents but the list is endless.

Such behaviour is entirely absent at the Kumbh Mela. There are devotees participating in auspicious events observing due religious norms. For people to even attempt to draw an equivalence between the event and the Tablighi Jamaat congregation reeks of desperation and the fervent desire to sweep the atrocious conduct of the Jamaatis under the rug.

Furthermore, there is evidence to indicate that transmission of the virus is comparatively much lower in fully open spaces than indoors. Needless to say, the crowds at the Kumbh Mela are outdoors while the Markaz Nizamuddin congregation was held indoors.

In light of all this information, the attempts to draw false equivalence between the two falls flat.
 

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