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Five Visitors To Koregaon Bhima Memorial Test Positive For Covid

Lakhs paid tributes at monument to mark 204th anniversary of Koregaon Bhima battle. (File)


5 out of over 5,000 individuals who had been amongst those that visited the Jaystambh navy monument within the district on Saturday examined constructive for COVID-19 in fast antigen exams, officers mentioned.

Lakhs of individuals paid tributes on the monument to mark the 204th anniversary of the Koregaon Bhima battle.

“There was a thermal screening facility within the parking space the place individuals had been screened for COVID-19 signs and a few had been examined with antigen kits,” mentioned Abhinav Deshmukh, Superintendent of Police, Pune Rural.

“A complete of 5,765 exams had been carried out until 5 pm and 5 individuals had been discovered constructive,” he mentioned.

Ayush Prasad, CEO, Pune Zilla Parishad, mentioned two of those individuals who examined constructive had been from Nashik.

“We despatched them again to Nashik and likewise knowledgeable the district administration there. The remaining three had been from Pune district. One lives alone so he was requested to observe residence quarantine whereas the opposite two had been despatched in institutional quarantine,” Mr Prasad added.

All 5 sufferers had been largely asymptomatic and can be subjected to RT-PCR exams, he mentioned.

Round six lakh individuals had been screened until late within the night by 300-plus medical professionals on the spot, the CEO mentioned.

Requested about individuals not following Covid-appropriate conduct, Mr Prasad mentioned the administration had appealed that senior residents and youngsters under 10 years shouldn’t attend the occasion.

“However many individuals turned up with their households and introduced senior residents and youngsters alongside. Just a few individuals who weren’t carrying masks had been supplied free masks. Social distancing was not adopted at many locations,” he mentioned.

Over 81,000 masks had been distributed until 5 pm, mentioned one other official.

Members of Dalit communities look upon the Jaystambh memorial as a logo of victory over casteism because the British forces that defeated the Brahmin Peshwa’s military at Koregaon Bhima on January 1, 1818, comprised largely of troopers from the Dalit Mahar group.

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