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K’taka government asks Kumbh Mela returnees to isolate themselves and undergo the Covid test | India News


BENGALURU: The Karnataka government has asked returnees from Kumbh Mela in Haridwar to
they self-quarantine and test for coronavirus infection.
“Pilgrims returning to the state after participating in the holy Kumbh Mela in Haridwar should isolate themselves in
home and get tested for coronavirus. I urge pilgrims to continue their usual activities only after their negative Covid test report, “Karnataka Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar tweeted.
The Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare Services, KV Thrilok Chandra, also issued a circular in this regard.
Citing a standard operating procedure issued by the government of India for pilgrims visiting Kumbh Mela in Haridwar, Chandra said: “Pilgrims or visitors attending Kumbh Mela should be advised to strictly comply with the SOP.”
Upon their return, they must be informed to isolate themselves at home and immediately undergo mandatory RT-PCR tests and, after the negative report, they must resume their normal activities.
The circular has been marked for municipal commissioners, deputy district commissioners, Zilla Parishad CEOs, district surgeons, district health officials, and district oversight officers.
Large numbers of people have flocked to Haridwar, an important pilgrimage site for Hindus, for Kumbh Snan, which occurs once every 12 years, following the transit of the planet Jupiter in the sign of Aquarius (Kumbh).

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