Priest Puts Mask On ‘Shivling’ In Varanasi To Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus

The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the country has risen to 52, with two fresh positive cases

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At a time when people are advised to take precautionary measures to keep coronavirus infection at bay, a priest of a temple in Varanasi put face masks on deities and appealed the devotees to not touch the idols.

Speaking to media persons, Krishna Anand Pandey, temple priest, said, “We have put a mask on Lord Vishwanath to raise awareness about coronavirus which spread to 97 countries. Just like we put clothes on the idols when it is cold and put ACs or fans when it’s hot, we have put masks on the deities.”

“We are urging the people not to touch the idols to prevent the spread of the virus. If people touch the idol, the virus will spread and more people will get infected,” he added.

The number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in the country has risen to 52, with two fresh positive cases – one each from Delhi and Rajasthan – being reported, the health ministry said on March 11th, 2020.

The figure includes five positive cases reported in Delhi and nine persons who were diagnosed with the infection in Uttar Pradesh till Wednesday morning. The total number of 52 confirmed cases includes 16 Italians, the ministry said.

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