India is facing its worst surge, and in this time, we have also witnesses people breaking protocols and not following Covid guidelines. Recent Kumbh Mela is also an example of it. During this crisis period amidst the surge of COVID-19 cases, the Uttarakhand government on Thursday suspended Char Dhamyatra for this year which was scheduled to begin on May 14. The four pilgrimage sites are Badrinath, Kedarnath, Yamunotri and Gangotri in Uttarakhand.
Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat said in statement: "The 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." The web portals of the four shrines will be opened as per the schedule. Teerth Purohit and priest of the shrines will perform rituals as earlier but devotees will be not allowed to perform rituals at shrines. Portals of char dham will be open next month.
Meanwhile, Uttarakhand had recorded the highest single-day spike of 6,054 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 1,68,616, while 108 deaths taking the total the toll to 2,417. There are 45,383 active COVID-19 cases in the state, while 1,17,221 have recovered, according to state health department bulletin.
India’s total cases rose to 1,83,76,524and the number of active cases has surpassed the 30-lakh mark, as of today 8 am data of Health Ministry.