Uttarakhand Govt suspends 'Char Dham Yatra' in wake of rising Covid-19 cases
According to the union health ministry, Uttarakhand has 45,383 active COVID-19 cases
In view of the Covid-19 situation in the state, the Uttarakhand government has suspended Char Dham Yatra this year. The yatra was scheduled to start on May 14. Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said that only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja.
"Uttarakhand government has suspended Char Dham Yatra this year in view of COVID-19 situation in the state. Only priests of the four temples will perform rituals and puja," said Rawat.
The Chief Minister said that the decision has been taken in view of the rising cases of coronavirus infections.
Char Dham Yatra
The four pilgrimage sites are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.
Preparations are underway for the opening of the portals of Badrinath Dham. The temple will open on Brahmamuhurt at 4.15 am on May 18. The portals of the Kedarnath temple in the Rudraprayag district will be opened for pilgrims on May 17.
Meanwhile, Nainital High Court has ordered the Uttarakhand government to conduct 30,000-50,000 RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests in Dehradun, Haldwani, and Haridwar.
The high court also directed the state government to increase home isolation tests.
Claiming that the state has a shortage of doctors, the court suggested seeking help from the 2,500 registered dentists.
According to the union health ministry, Uttarakhand has 45,383 active COVID-19 cases. 2,417 COVID-19 infected patients have succumbed to the deadly virus till now.
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