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India stories report COVID-19 circumstances; priest who shared stage with Modi checks optimistic

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LUCKNOW, India: India reported one other report bounce in its surging coronavirus circumstances on Thursday (Aug 13) with almost 67,000 new infections, amongst them a spiritual chief who shared a stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi throughout a ceremony to launch building of a grand temple.

Nritya Gopal Das, an 82-year-old Hindu priest, was the newest public determine to check optimistic after a string of Modi’s prime Cupboard colleagues have been stricken with COVID-19, together with inside minister Amit Shah.

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With Thursday’s bounce of 66,999 circumstances India now has almost 2.four million infections, in accordance with the Well being Ministry, behind solely the US and Brazil. For the final fortnight, it has been reporting 50,000 circumstances or extra every day because it opens up the nation after a months-long lockdown. Its COVID-19 dying toll stands at 47,033.

Modi and Das have been amongst 170 individuals who attended the Aug 5 launch of the temple building within the northern city of Ayodhya.

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Dr Murli Singh, director of data in Ayodhya, mentioned Das had examined optimistic and was being moved to a hospital close to Delhi. However he added that on the time of the ceremony the priest examined destructive and so had not posed an an infection danger to Modi.

Tv footage confirmed Modi held Das’ fingers and bowed earlier than him. Modi’s workplace didn’t reply to a request for remark.

Singh mentioned individuals invited for the launch have been all away from the virus on the time.

“Pointers have been despatched to all that solely COVID-19 destructive individuals will probably be allowed within the ceremony,” he mentioned, including medical doctors on the bottom in Ayodhya had run checks earlier than the occasion began.

The deliberate temple at Ayodhya is on a disputed web site the place Hindu teams have campaigned for many years.

Individually on Wednesday, a authorities committee mentioned that the nation would utilise its giant vaccine manufacturing capability to urgently ship any potential COVID-19 vaccine to its neighbours and low-income international locations.

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