Indian village begs the “goddess Corona” to rid them of the virus | World news

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – Indian villagers have erected a shrine to the “corona goddess” and offer her prayers in the hope that divine intervention can banish the deadly virus.

Worshipers from the village of Shuklapur in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh offered prayers, holy water and flowers at the bright yellow shrine where they placed their idol of “Corona Mata”, since that they erected it this week.

“Maybe with his blessings the villagers, our village and all the others will be relieved,” a villager, named Sangeeta, said on Friday.

India was hit hard by a wave of coronavirus infections in April and May, but there are signs the worst could be over.

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Authorities reported 84,332 new cases on Saturday, the lowest daily tally in more than two months, according to data from the Ministry of Health. COVID-19 has killed 367,081 people in India, according to government data.

The prayers of the villagers of Shuklapur have not been fully answered – there are still a few cases in the district – but the numbers are also significantly lower than they were at the height of the pandemic.

(Reporting by Saurabh Sharma in Lucknow; writing by Alasdair Pal; editing by Robert Birsel)

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