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12 foreigners test covid positive in Bodhgaya at Dalai Lama's event

About a lakh people are likely to participate in the international Buddhist programme in Bodhgaya from December 29 to 31 to be addressed by Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama. The thousands of foreigners coming to Gaya are also likely to visit the Buddhist sites across the country. There is widespread concern that the Chinese BF.7 may spread far and wide as most of the visitors are from countries infected with the covid variant.

PATNA, Dec 27: Twelve foreigners have tested covid positive in Bodhgaya in the last few days. They are among the thousands of people who have come for an international Buddhist congregation from December 29 to 31 to be addressed by Buddhist spiritual leader Dalai Lama. About a lakh people are likely to attend the programme from within the country and abroad.

Three of the positive cases are from Taiwan, 4 from Thailand, 4 from Myanmar and one is an American who came via Bangkok. Many more foreign visitors are undergoing RT-PCR tests at the designated hospital. Random samples of locals are also being tested.

Only some of the infected who were tested at the international airport could be quarantined and others did not wait for the result and freely mixed with the huge crowds, it is reported. Samples of the isolated have been sent for genome sequencing.

Many of the foreigners are coming from countries listed as highly infective like Thailand.

And, most of the visitors are from Myanmar, Thailand and Nepal. Myanmar and Thailand are Buddhist countries.

Omicron sub-variant BF.7 sweeping China has spread to Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand.

As per the new guidelines issued by the Central Government in view of the sudden surge in covid cases in neighbouring China, random covid tests are being conducted at all international airports in the country since last Saturday. Moreover, for international travellers from places high in infections like China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong and Thailand RT-PCR, covid testing has been made mandatory. These passengers are required to upload their RT-PCR reports in advance before undertaking the travel to India.

It is also feared the foreign visitors may go on pilgrimage to other popular Buddhist sites across the country risking widespread infection. Gaya is one of the major sites. Every year, a large number of tourists come to India to visit Buddhist sites.

Buddhist sites in India

The main Buddhist sites are:- Bodh Gaya, where Lord Buddha, born as Prince Siddhartha of Lumbini in Nepal, attained enlightenment at Gaya’s Mahabodhi in Bihar and came to be known as the Buddha 2,500 years ago. The Mahabodhi temple complex is today a UNESCO World Heritage Site; Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh, near Varanasi, is where Buddha delivered his first sermon to his five disciples; Kapilvastu in Uttar Pradesh; Rajgir in Bihar; Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh, the site of Buddha’s mahaparinirvana (death)


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