WORLD Hindus ignore COVID-19 fears, travel to Ganges in droves

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Hindus ignore COVID-19 fears, travel to Ganges in droves

CGTN

19:14, January 15, 2021

With over 10 million confirmed COVID-19 cases, India has the second-highest number of coronavirus infections in the world. (Photo: VCG)

Nearly a million Hindu pilgrims descended on the banks of the Ganges river on the first day of the Kumbh Mela despite the raging COVID-19 pandemic, January 14, 2021. (Photo: VCG)

COVID-19 poses certain threats, but all the precautions are in place, claimed organizer Siddharth Chakrapani. (Photo: VCG)

"I am sure Maa Ganga [Mother Ganges] will take care of their safety," said Chakrapani, seeking divine protection from the holy river. (Photo: VCG)

The seven-week festival lasts until April 27, with millions more expected to show up in the coming weeks. (Photo: VCG)

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