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Global News published this video item, entitled “India’s Kumbh Mela becomes “super spreader” event as thousands attend festival amid COVID-19 surge” – below is their description.
Hundreds of thousands of devout Hindus took a dip in the Ganges during a special day of bathing in Haridwar during the weeks-long Kumbh Mela festival, as India reported another record surge in coronavirus infections.
Police said 650,000 devotees had bathed in the river since Wednesday morning and people were being fined for failing to observe social distancing in some areas.
Infections in the city have already jumped to more than 500 a day since Kumbh Mela, or the pitcher festival, officially began this month, from just 25-30 last month, with officials calling it a “super spreader” event.
Devout Hindus believe bathing in the holy Ganges absolves people of sins, and during the Kumbh Mela, it brings salvation from the cycle of life and death. It is held once every 12 years.
India’s new COVID-19 cases hit a record 184,372 in the past 24 hours, more than double the figure at the start of the month.
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