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Gujarat’s Somnath Temple closed amid surge in COVID-19 cases

In view of the rising cases of the novel coronavirus, the Somnath Temple Trust has announced that the temple will remain shut starting from April 11. 

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Somnath Temple- (Photo: ANI)

Gandhinagar: In view of the rising cases of the novel coronavirus, the Somnath Temple Trust has announced that the temple will remain shut starting from April 11.

The trust announced that the Somnath Temple will remain closed for devotees beginning April 11 for an indefinite period. Other temples which come under the Somnath Trust will also remain closed till any further notice.

Keeping in mind the sentiments of devotees, the trust has given them to option to participate in darshan through online platforms. Vijaysinh Chawda, General Manager, Somnath Trust, said, ”The Somnath Trust has decided to close the Somnath Temple from April 11 for visitors in view of rising COVID-19 cases”.

”Devotees can watch aarti on the temple’s social media pages and its website. The temple authorities will announce the opening date of the temple later. Gujarat has a total of 22,692 active cases of the novel coronavirus.

Meanwhile, India on Sunday became only the second country ever to report more than 1.5 lakh new COVID case in a single day. 1,52,879 cases were reported throughout the nation in the past 24 hours according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

India already broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported  1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Maharashtra continued to remain the most affected state with 55,411 cases being reported in the past 24 hours followed by Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi. This is the fifth consecutive day the country has seen a rise in COVID cases.

The Ministry of Health also stated that a total of 839 deaths were reported in the past 24 hours while 90,584 people were discharged from the hospital. With this surge, the total number of COVID cases has gone up to 1,33,58,805 while the total death toll stands at 1,69,275. The current active case load in the country is 11,08,087 while total recoveries stands at 1,20,81,443.