Massive religious gathering worries India as COVID-19 cases surge

By Aftab Ahmed NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's health ministry warned on Sunday that a huge gathering of devotees for a Hindu festival could send coronavirus cases surging, as the country recorded the most new infections in nearly four months. The ministry said up to 40 people had already tested positive for COVID-19 around the site of the weeks-long Mahakumbh that began this month and peaks in April in the Himalayan holy town of Haridwar, next to the Ganges. The festival is held only once every 12 years. Millions of Hindus are expected to crowd the site next month, as bathing in the river durin...