Why is the Char Dham Yatra not cancelled?The officials of the Char Dham Devsthanam Board are giving assurances of ensuring proper guidelines will be followed to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at the Char Dham Yatra that is scheduled for next week. Has nothing been learned from the super spreader event of the Haridwar Mahakumbh?! How can guidelines be followed and precautions be taken when lakhs of devotees converge at one place? The State Govt. of Uttarakhand stated that it will issue advisories and as of now has said that all pilgrims must carry a negative RT-PCR report. Such a report hardly is a guarantee against this deadly virus which is mutating in unimaginable ways that have outfoxed even the best researchers.
Surely not holding the Yatra this year will be the most sensible decision to take. Just having faith is more than enough isn't it? Better to be safe so that going on pilgrimage at a future date is possible rather than allowing the pilgrims to converge now and spreading the virus. What's more, let's not forget the lakhs of police personnel who will be at risk, like those at the Kumbh Mela. Is the Govt. also forgetting that the healthcare system is at rock bottom? Do we really want to see more tragic, gut-wrenching photos of patients dying on pavements with no beds available?
For heaven's sake, wake up, Govt. leaders!
[Edited and removed the last sentence of IPL as not related to this topic.]