India’s neighbours close borders as Covid wave spreads across region

Nepal has been hardest hit to date, while concerns are growing in Pakistan and Bangladesh

In April, along with millions of other people, Nepal’s former king Gyanendra Shah, 73, and his 70-year-old wife, Komal, travelled to India for the Kumbh Mela religious festival. There he took a holy dip in the Ganges at Hardiwar and interacted maskless with officials, sadhus and other pilgrims.

On their return to Kathmandu’s airport, hundreds gathered to welcome the couple, who within a handful of days would test positive for Covid-19.

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