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Nepal PM Deuba’s India visit cancelled due to surge in COVID cases in Gujarat

Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba. Image Credit: ANI

Kathmandu, January 6: Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba’s scheduled visit to India next week has been cancelled following the Gujarat government’s decision to postpone the Vibrant Gujarat Summit due to a spike in the number of COVID cases in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to inaugurate the 10th edition of the Summit on January 10 in Gujarat.
The Prime Minister’s four-day visit to India starting from January 9 has been cancelled as the Gujarat Summit has been cancelled, said sources in the prime minister’s private secretariat.
Besides attending the summit, Deuba was also scheduled to meet Prime Minister Modi during the visit.
The Gujarat government on Thursday decided to postpone the Summit in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases, according to the Chief Minister’s Office.
The three-day summit was to be held in a big way to attract investments, and delegations from many partner countries and CEOs of top companies were supposed to participate in the event.
On Wednesday, the daily COVID-19 cases in Gujarat crossed the 3,000-mark for the first time after May 26 last year with the addition of 3,350 infections, raising the state’s tally to 8,40,643.
Also, Gujarat reported 50 new cases of the Omicron variant on Wednesday, taking the tally of such cases in the state to 204, as per the state health department.(PTI)