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Hindu devotees collect on the banks of Ganges River throughout the Kumbh Mela competition in Haridwar on April 11. Cash Sharma/AFP/Getty Photographs

Hundreds of thousands of individuals have been touring throughout India in April for the Kumbh Mela, a significant Hindu competition and the most important pilgrimage on Earth, held this 12 months within the metropolis of Haridwar.

Nevertheless it’s elevating Covid considerations, because the nation plunges deeper right into a worrying second wave.

“Social distancing is proving very tough, if we attempt to implement it then it may result in a stampede,” Inspector Common of Police Sanjay Gunjyal instructed native information early Monday. Police are “frequently interesting” to individuals to put on masks and observe precautions, he added.

No less than 650,000 individuals had already taken a dip within the Ganges River early this morning, Gunjyal added. And lots of extra are anticipated all through the day, as Monday is taken into account a very auspicious day to dip into the sacred waters.

AI surveillance: Of their efforts to implement measures, officers are utilizing synthetic intelligence cameras for surveillance in a number of river banks within the metropolis.

“The digital camera has sensors which alert us when the variety of automobiles in parking areas or foot visitors crosses a sure threshold and we are able to talk with individuals on floor to start out diverting crowds,” stated Mukesh Thakur, a senior police official.
“The cameras additionally detect if persons are not sporting masks and the officers on floor instantly situation tickets to these individuals.”

Nonetheless, it wasn’t potential to situation tickets to everybody on Monday due to the massive crowds, he added.

Some 15,000 safety personnel are additionally concerned in crowd management and administration.

On Sunday, not less than 1.1 million individuals had been on the varied banks of the river. Greater than 2,200 instances have been reported in Haridwar because the competition started on April 1, in accordance with knowledge launched by the Uttarakhand state well being division. 

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