Four foreign nationals have been quarantined in a hotel after testing positive for RTPCR at Bihar Gaya Airport.
The four foreigners – one from Myanmar, one from Thailand and two from the UK – came to Bodh Gaya. A major holy place of Buddhist pilgrimage, Bodh Gaya is hosting the Bodhi Mahasattva, which is expected to witness the arrival of thousands of devotees from all over the world.
According to Dr Ranjan Singh, the medical officer in charge of the Gaya district, the cases are not serious but authorities are taking all necessary precautions to avoid the spread of the disease.
The foreign nationals were tested at the international airport over the weekend as part of a drill for Bodh Mahotsav. Dr Singh said 33 foreigners were tested over the weekend and four of them tested positive.
On Sunday, a 40-year-old man who returned from China on Friday tested positive for the coronavirus.
India registered 196 new cases of coronavirus infection on Monday, while active cases rose slightly to 3,428, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The total number of Covid cases recorded was 4.46 crore (4,46,77,302), while the death toll was 5,30,695, two of them fatal.