Thousands to gather for Gangasagar Mela amid looming 3rd wave in India

According to government data, West Bengal is reporting the most covid cases in the country after Maharashtra. The state recorded its highest-ever single day spike with 24,287 cases on Sunday.

Thousands to gather for Gangasagar Mela amid looming 3rd wave in India
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Nearly a million devotees are expected to throng the Sagar Island in West Bengal on Friday and Saturday to take a holy dip in the River Ganges on the occasion of the Gangasagar Mela.

GANGA SAGAR PILGRIMS (File photo October 05, 2019) photograph by Rajeev Bhatt

In a ruling, the West Bengal High Court allowed the Mela to take place with appropriate covid restrictions, despite severe opposition from doctors and health experts.