Hours after PM Modi's Appeal, Juna Akhara Chief Calls off Kumbh Mela amid Covid Crisis

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The chief of Juna Akhara, Swami Avdheshanand, on Saturday called off the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi made an appeal for the same over the prevailing coronavirus crisis. In a tweet, the Avdheshanand said that India’s citizens and their health are outmost priority for the seers. “In view of the worsening outbreak of the pandemic, we have duly immersed all the deities drawn from the Kumbh.”

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Kumbh Mela should now just be made symbolic given the Covid-19 situation in the country.

India on Saturday saw yet another record high of Covid-19 cases in 24 hours with 2,34,692 fresh Covid cases and 1,341 deaths. Active cases in India are now at 16,79,740. The total number of cases stand at 1,45,26,609, total recoveries are at 1,26,71,220 and the total death toll is 1,75,649. Ten states including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan have reported 79.32% of the new cases.

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