Meanwhile, the Sikkim government imposed a ban on all socio-religious and entertainment-related activities for a month due to the prevailing COVID-19 situation. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting, chaired by Sikkim Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang. According to officials, marriage ceremonies, pujas, birthday parties, and get-togethers will remain banned for the next 30 days, both in urban and rural areas of the Himalayan state.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court bench of Justices R F Nariman and B R Gavai said, it fixed July 16 for the matter to be heard next, pointing out that “it is necessary to fix a short time period for this case” as the Yatra is set to take off from July 25. Experts have termed Kanwar Yatra as a ‘superspreader’ and said the footfall would be much more than Kumbh Mela. However, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has urged that only a minimum number of people should participate in the annual Kanwar Yatra and directed strict implementation of the COVID-19 protocol. The government added that negative RT-PCR test report can be made compulsory for pilgrims, if required.
Some Covid vaccination centres in the national capital are likely to be shut on Friday as the city may run out of jabs, officials said. Delhi had 2,38,580 doses of Covaxin and only 19,500 doses of Covishield till Thursday morning, according to a bulletin by the government. It said only 20 per cent of Covaxin stocks are used for administering the first dose in view of limited stocks and irregular delivery cycles. Only 33,187 vaccine doses were administered on Thursday, according to the Cowin portal, while 64,983 doses were administered a day ago.