Guwahati: Pilgrim tests COVID-19 positive in Ambubachi Mela

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The annual Ambubachi Mela at Assam's famed Kamakhya Temple began on Wednesday with devotees allowed to participate after a gap of two years.
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Guwahati: Pilgrim tests COVID-19 positive in Ambubachi Mela
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Guwahati: A pilgrim who visited Ambubachi Mela in Guwahati’s Kamakhya Temple has tested positive for COVID-19.

The pilgrim has been admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), said sources.

As per source, the pilgrim came from West Bengal. The individual was tested on the premises of the Kamakhya Temple, and the results were positive.

The annual Ambubachi Mela at Assam’s famed Kamakhya Temple began on Wednesday with devotees allowed to participate after a gap of two years.

Additionally, restrictions have been imposed during Ambubachi by the administration and the temple authorities to prevent the surge of COVID-19 cases.

The temple doors were symbolically closed for four days As a part of the rituals with the ‘Pravritti’, Maa Kamakhya Devalaya’s head priest or ‘Bor Doloi’.

List of Restrictions Imposed

  • No lodging will be permitted in close proximity to the Kamkhya temple
  • No unauthorised food distribution services shall be allowed either. The District Administration will be enabling food services at designated camps only in compliance with the guidelines. As of now, only dry fruits, biscuits, and drinking water are permitted.
  • Only vehicles associated with essential services, Kamakhya temples, and a few locals will be allowed
  • No inter-district, long-distance buses including the ones under ASTC shall be allowed to ply on D.G Road, M. G Road and T.R Phukan Road during the festival dates.
  • No good carrying heavy, medium and small commercial vehicles shall be allowed. However, three wheelers commercial good carrying vehicles will be allowed from 12 am to 6 am only.
  • No vehicles to ply on the newly constructed road from Pandu Ghat to Kamakhya Trinath Temple.

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