DEHRADUN: A top official of the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar said on Saturday that it is unfair to attribute the rapid spread of Covid infection to the event as only 0.2 per cent of the total RT-PCR tests conducted from January 1 till the Mela ended. Was found to be infected, while only 0.5 policemen posted at the fair were infected.
Corona did not spread through Kumbh Mela
The Inspector-General of the fair, Sanjay Gunjyal, said that the fair formally started on April 1 by the time the second wave of Covid had already started in states like Maharashtra and Haryana. Gunjyal said, ‘If we analyze the data of Haridwar district scientifically from January 1 to the end of Kumbh on April 30, then the notion of calling Kumbh as a super-spreader of the epidemic seems unfair.
Only 1954 people got corona positive
Gunjyal was in charge of the entire security arrangements in Haridwar and adjoining areas during the Kumbh Mela. He said that 8.91 lakh RT-PCR tests were conducted in the district from January 1 to April 30, out of which only 1,954 people were found infected. He said that out of more than 16,000 police personnel posted at the Kumbh Mela, only 88 were found infected by April 30.