India holds festival amid surge in COVID-19 cases

People in India gathered to celebrate the Hindu festival of Holi on Monday even as the country faces a resurgence of coronavirus infections.

Holi is known as the festival of colors. People spatter each other with colored powders and dyed water to mark the advent of spring.

In the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, many people celebrated the festival at a temple despite calls to refrain from gathering in large numbers.

They prayed for a rich harvest after throwing red and yellow powder and spraying water at each other.

A man said he usually adheres to protocols as he is very concerned about a surge in infections but made an exception to offer prayers to the gods.

India has the third largest number of coronavirus cases in the world. It has recently seen a resurgence of cases, with more than 68,000 new infections reported on Monday.

A further increase in cases is feared as antivirus measures are not strictly followed at many festival sites across the country.