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35 Kumbh Mela returnees held in Ahmedabad, later released

Fifty passengers from that state tested positive for the coronavirus during the period, railway officials said.

Written by Vaibhav Jha | Ahmedabad |
Updated: April 19, 2021 4:22:49 am
2nd wave coming: Serosurveys had raised red flags — but little elseA testing camp at Sabarmati railway station for those returning from Kumbh mela Sunday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

More than 35 returnees from Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand were arrested at Sabarmati Railway Station in Ahmedabad on April 17 and 18 for failure to carry the mandatory RT-PCR test certificates. They were later released.

Fifty passengers from that state tested positive for the coronavirus during the period, railway officials said.

The railway authorities have set up booths to conduct Rapid Antigen Tests at the station for Kumbh Mela returnees since Saturday.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani had Saturday said all returnees from the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar will have to undergo RT-PCR tests before they are allowed to enter their respective cities and villages. Thirteen out of 300 people who returned from the Kumbh Mela by road on April 17 were found positive for after they were put through RAT by the Surat Municipal Corporation through surveillance teams deployed on the city borders.

On Saturday, a total of 20 passengers deboarded from the Yoga Express at the Sabarmati rail station and were arrested under the Indian Penal Code section 188 for disobedience to order given by public servant and section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act for any person disobeying any regulation or order given under the Act, in 20 FIRs filed at Sabarmati Railway Police Station. On Sunday, 15 more passengers of the Yoga Express were booked and arrested under similar offences, railway police said.

Maharashtra puts curbs on returnees from Uttarakhand

With many at testing positive for Covid-19 Haridwar’s Kumbh Mela, Maharashtra has made it mandatory for rail passengers from Uttarakhand to carry a negative RT-PCR test result. Those not carrying it must undergo a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Those with symptoms will be moved to Covid facilities. Those without symptoms, including those carrying negative RT-PCR test results, will have to be in home quarantine for 15 days. The SOPs were released Sunday. (Express News Service)

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