Days after preliminary probe by the Uttarakhand health department, now a detailed investigation has found that at least 1 lakh fake COVID-19 tests were issued during the Maha Kumbh Mela 2021 in Haridwar, reported Times of India.
According to the report, the detailed probe found several irregularities in the Coronavirus test reports like a single phone number was used to register over 50 people. The probe also found that one antigen test kit was shown to have tested 700 samples.
Earlier, the Haridwar district administration had ordered a probe into allegations that fake COVID-19 reports were issued by private laboratories engaged by the Uttarakhand government to conduct tests during the Maha Kumbh Mela.
One of the world’s largest religious gatherings, the Kumbh was held in the state from April 1 to 30, and the notified Kumbh area covered various places in Haridwar, Dehradun and Tehri districts.
A committee headed by Chief Development Officer Saurabh Gaharwar has been constituted to look into the allegations and submit a report within 15 days, Haridwar District Magistrate C Ravishankar told News agency PTI on Saturday.
The news has caused a lot of fururre on social media. Earlier, Kumbh Mela had come under scrutiny for spreading Coronavirus as crores gathered at the gathering flouting all Covid-19 guidelines.