Sabarimala temple in Kerala opens for devotees for 5 days with COVID-19 restrictions

Pathanamthitta: After weeks of closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Sabarimala temple in Kerala on Saturday opened its doors for five days to allow devotees to conduct monthly rituals.

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The temple will remain open from today till July 21. COVID-19 protocol, including wearing masks and social distancing, will be strictly followed. A maximum of 5,000 devotees will be allowed through the online booking system.

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Those who wish to visit the temple will have to provide a complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a negative RT-PCR report within 48 hours of the visit.

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Kerala is one of the worst COVID-affected states in the country. A lockdown had been imposed in the state earlier in April when the second COVID-19 wave hit to tackle the worrying rise in COVID-19 cases. Months later, the state is still recovering from the wave, with daily cases hovering between 10,000 to 15,000 for the last few weeks.

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A weekend lockdown is still in place in the state. As many as 13,773 cases were reported on Thursday. As per the union health ministry, there are currently 122,436 active cases. A total of 2,993,242 recoveries and 15,155 deaths have been reported so far.

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Under the nationwide vaccination drive, 16,486,091 doses have been administered so far, including 11,918,696 first doses and 4,567,395 second doses.

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