Call to avert acceleration of COVID-19 from India’s Sabarimala pilgrimage of 25 million devotees

Journal of Travel Medicine
Volume 27, Issue 8, December 2020

 

Call to avert acceleration of COVID-19 from India’s Sabarimala pilgrimage of 25 million devotees
K Rajasekharan Nayar, Shaffi Fazaludeen Koya, Venkitesh Ramakrishnan, Arathi P Rao, Gnanaseelan Kanakamma Libu
Journal of Travel Medicine, Volume 27, Issue 8, December 2020, taaa153, https://doi.org/10.1093/jtm/taaa153
India has the third-highest COVID-19 burden. Hosting the Sabarimala pilgrimage of an estimated 25 million can compromise the near-mitigated but fragile COVID-19 status of the host State of Kerala, accelerate the ongoing outbreaks in other states of India, and potentially in multiple countries with emigrants from Kerala.