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UP Magh Mela under Corona threat as 11 more devotees tested positive

By Saima Siddiqui 
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New Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Magh Mela needs more precaution and strict Corona regulations as this public congregation registers eleven more devotees positive with Covid-19 infection. Both the devotees, who were staying in two separate camps in the ongoing Magh Mela, were reportedly asymptomatic.

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Nodal officer and additional chief medical officer Dr. Rishi Sahai informed that the infected persons have been shifted to Covid Level1 center at Kalindipuram for treatment.

Last week, 32 devotees were tested positive for the coronavirus and shifted to Covid center for treatment.

Covid infection in Magh Mela:

One of the largest human congregations in Uttar Pradesh has been step up to receive thousands of devotees coming from every nook and corner of the state, with strict safety measures in view of Corona pandemic. To keep a check on every kalpvasi’s covid reports, they have been allotted a special Covid card, on which entries are being made regarding their testing and result of testing on frequent intervals. A Covid-19 testis also run every fortnight during their stay. Furthermore, they will also be administered a prophylactic active dose of Ivermectin shortly. However, instead of safety measures in place people are reportedly contracting this deadly virus due to close proximity.

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As per CMO Dr. Sahai, “A total of 23 health teams collected 4,118 samples from different sectors of the Magh Mela area for testing on Sunday and 11 of them tested positive for infection. All the 11 persons who tested positive are asymptomatic. Covid testing has been intensified at all the camps as hundreds of kalpvasis are camping in Magh Mela.”

Till date, Mela health officials have collected 59,111 samples (since December 18) of which 118 people were tested positive for the virus.

Dr. Sahai further said 23 patients, including 11 who tested positive for coronavirus infection, on Sunday, are undergoing treatment at Covid level-one care center in Kalindipuram.

“Health teams are tracking the pilgrims, saints and seers staying in different camps and Covid cards have also been issued,” he said.

Meanwhile, health teams are also conducting tests of people on the Mela campus through both antigen and RT-PCR methods. Also, around 6,000 to 7,000 samples are being collected daily from the Mela area.

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On Sunday, four mobile testing vans comprising lab technicians and health staff  were engaged to cover kalpvasis for antigen testing at their respective camps.

A total of 60 surveillance teams, with two members in each team, have been deployed on Mela campus. There are 12 teams in each sector.

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