PM Modi says 'Kumbh Mela should now only be symbolic to strengthen Covid-19 fight'
- PM Narendra Modi spoke to top seer - Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha president Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj - over the phone and made an appeal about the Kumbh in Haridwar that attracts tens of thousands of devotees every year
Amid a huge number of people testing positive from the Kumbh Mela area in Haridwar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning urged that the weeks-long religious festival "should now only be symbolic" amid an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.
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