Last year, the yatra was cancelled for similar reasons.
This year the yatra was to start from traditional Pahalgam and shortest Baltal routes from June 28 and culminate on August 22, the Rakshabandan day. Registration for the 56-day-long pilgrimage started on April 1.
About 2,204 new COVID-19 cases were recorded on Wednesday in the Union Territory, including 905 in Jammu and 1299 in Kashmir. Meanwhile, India on Thursday reported the world's biggest-ever daily surge with 3.14 lakh new cases and 2,104 deaths since Wednesday. (UNI)