In India, despite the lack of respirators and strict measures, when many believers gather on religious holidays, the new coronavirus infection has once again reached record levels.
According to data from the Indian Ministry of Health, in the past 24 hours, India has been infected with 184,372 cases of coronavirus, bringing the number of infections since the beginning of the pandemic to 13.9 million. Another 1,027 people died, bringing the total to 172,085.
But this has not stopped thousands of Hindus from bathing in a ceremony held in the Ganges River on the third day of Wednesday (Kumbh Mela Festival).
Sanjay Gunjyal, the chief of police for religious festivals, said there were about 650,000 people in the river.
He said: “People are punished because they disrespect the actual distance of the docks without crowds, but it is difficult to punish them on the main docks with many people.”
According to Reuters, few people wear masks or keep their distance. The city of Haridwar where the music festival is held has received more than 1,000 new cases in the past two days.
India had fewer than 10,000 cases a day earlier this year, but as of April 2, India is the most affected country in the world in terms of the number of new infections.
The worst is in the wealthiest federal state of Maharashtra. The capital of the state is Mumbai. A quarter of all cases in India are registered here. Strict restrictions will take effect from Wednesday.