06:21 GMT14 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the globe like a huge wave, prompting countries to take stringent measures to contain its spread. The government of India responded as well, declaring a national lockdown on 25 March.

    Hundreds of people in a village in the Indian state of Karnataka congregated to pray to God to help them get rid of the infectious COVID-19. The gathering was held despite the country being under lockdown and orders to maintain social distancing being in place.  

    A video of the incident, going viral on social media, shows a large number of people gathering with no masks and violating social distancing norms.

    According to the police, the gathering was held in the village of Kolagondanahalli in the Ramanagara district during a village fair where people gathered to offer prayers to God to save them from the contagious and deadly disease.

    "We have come to know that they had taken permission for gathering from Panchayat Development Officer N.C. Kalmatt. We have suspended him. We are going to take action against people who organised the event and even against people who gathered there", said a senior police officer. 

    According to the government of India, around 82,000 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in the country, while as many as 2,649 people have died due to the virus. 

    The government has given strict orders to avoid social gatherings and has asked people to stay indoors and step out only in case of emergency or for essential commodities. The country has been under a prolonged lockdown since 25 March that is expected to expire on 17 May.

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