In wake of COVID-19 threat, entry of pilgrims to Sabarimala Temple to be restricted


THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: In the wake of COVID-19 threat, the Kerala government has restricted the entry of pilgrims in the Sabarimala Ayyapa Temple for the 10-day annual 'Sabarimala Utsavam' beginning from March 29.


The restriction by the government comes as an attempt to avoid mass gatherings to curtail the spread of the virus.

The Kerala government has directed the Travancore Devaswom Board and the Pathanamthitta district administration to restrict the entry of pilgrims to the 10 day-long annual Sabarimala Temple festival.

The rituals will be observed at the Sabarimala festival that begins with Kodiyettam (hoisting flag) on March 29. 

The government has also restricted the entry of pilgrims for the 'Ararat Ceremony' on April 8 at Pampa. 

In Pathanamthitta district, where Sabarimala is located, nine people have been confirmed with COVID-19 so far.

There are 235 primary contacts in the district, 501 in the secondary contact list, who are in home quarantine.

Kerala is the second-worst affected state in India. So far, total 40 persons have tested positive for COVID-19, out of them three have been discharged.

Maharashtra has 52 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 40 cases, which include seven foreign nationals.

There are 44,390 people under surveillance in the state. Of these, 44,165 are in isolation at home and total of 225 people are hospitalized.

Novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 258 on Saturday after 35 fresh cases were reported in various parts of the country.
Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

COVID-19, which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the Coronavirus family with crown-shaped spikes on its surfaces. The name of the disease was given by the World Health Organisation.


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