(ANSA) - NEW DELHI, APRIL 14 - Over a thousand people had positive results at Covid in Haridwar, a city in northern India where, along the banks of the Ganges, the mega Hindu pilgrimage of the Kumbh Mela is taking place.
The news, made known by the local authorities, who in the past days had declared that they could not keep the precautionary measures to the crowds of devotees, did not surprise.
Many experts predict that the thousand is just the first of a worrying outbreak.
The pilgrimage to Haridwar lasts 40 days but Monday and yesterday, considered the most propitious moments for the ritual bath, hundreds of thousands of pilgrims turned all together along the quays and immersed in the waters.
India is experiencing a very aggressive wave of contagion, with record peaks of new positives every 24 hours for at least two weeks: 184,000 new infections were recorded yesterday alone.
Today the monk Yogi Adityanath, governor of the state of Uttar Pradesh, which borders Uttarakhand, where Haridwar is located, made it known in a tweet that he was positive for the virus.