New Delhi: Shri Amaranthji Shrine Board informed that due to the ongoing increase of coronavirus cases, Amarnath yatra the annual pilgrimage in J&K is cancelled. This is the second year in a row that the yatra is not carrying out. The board is well aware of the sentiments of millions of devotees and stated that the devotees can pay their respects to the deity through the live telecast that will be broadcasted.

Previously the SC ordered the J&K government to take necessary actions on deciding if this year the yatra would be organizing. Taking in the account of the ground reality check Lieutenant Governor Girish Chandra Murmu presided over a meeting of the Board, which was attended by senior Union Territory and the Board officials, discussed that due to the sharp spike in the month of July, the health administration system is put to its limit.

The board stated that the main motive right now for everyone is to stop the local transmission of the virus while the medicals staff and the security forces are trying their best to curb it. It may strain on the health system, along with the diversion in resources to the Yatra which will be immense. The J&K government decided to extend its lockdown till July 31. In spite the centre allowed to open the religious place, several states decided otherwise amid rising cases. It has also considered the views of the government that advised to cancel large public gatherings and interests this year.

With more than 40k cases daily the caseload of affected COVID patients has pushed down to 11,76,709. In the last 24 hours, 587 deaths were recorded taking the toll to 28,448. In spite of the increase, India has a comparatively higher recovery rate as other countries accounting around 63.33% as 7,41,080 patients are already recovered to date. The fatality rate in India is much lower.

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