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Over 150 Monks Test Covid Positive In Himachal Pradesh, Monastery Declared Containment Zone

The contaminated monks, majority of whom are asymptomatic, haven’t any journey historical past (Representational)


Over 150 monks have examined constructive for coronavirus at Gyuto Buddhist monastery and the realm has been declared a containment zone, officers stated on Tuesday.

The COVID-19 cluster got here to mild final week when 20 instances have been detected. Around 330 monks have been examined and 154 have been discovered to be contaminated with the virus within the final eight days, Gurdarshan Gupta, the district’s Chief Medical Officer of Kangra district, stated.

“Investigation into the cluster at Gyato Monestary revealed that incident began on the monastery (Tibetan new 12 months) pageant on February 14.

“About 15 monks got here from Karnataka and Delhi. First instances have been reported on February 23,” Kangra District Collectiir Rakesh Prajapati stated.

The contaminated monks, a majority of whom are reported to be asymptomatic, haven’t any journey historical past and are being quarantined inside the monastery compound.

“Surprisingly, all individuals coming from outdoors have examined unfavorable. Only one affected person in average class was shifted to Tanda Medical College Hospital. The relaxation are being managed in house isolation on the monastery,” the DC stated.

The space has been declared a containment zone and sealed by Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Dharamsala till additional discover.

Everyone above the age of 60 within the monastery shall be vaccinated, the DC stated.

The Gyuto Tantric Monastery right here is a crucial establishment of the Geluk faculty of Tibetan Buddhism the place monks from Tibet, Mongolia, Ladakh, Sikkim and Spiti are resident college students of Buddhist research.

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