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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 at an urban health centre in Ahmedabad. India's coronavirus cases are now the second-highest in the world and only behind the United States.

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah during foundation stone laying and dedication of various projects in his parliamentary constituency Gandhingar.

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A worker cleans a metro train ahead of the restart of its operation, amid the coronavirus pandemic, at Ahmedabad Metro Station in Ahmedabad.

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People offer prayers in front of Mother Teresa's statue on her 23rd death anniversary, in Ahmedabad.

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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample to test for COVID-19 at a check post erected to screen people coming from outside the city, in Ahmedabad.

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In this file photo former President Pranab Mukherjee attends an event at IIM-A Ahmedabad. Mukherjee, 84, died at an army hospital in New Delhi. The former President of India, who tested positive for coronavirus, had been in coma after a brain surgery earlier this month.

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Locals move to a higher land from the low-lying waterlogged areas, following heavy rainfall, in Surat.

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Fire and rescue team officials carry an injured person out of the debris after a two-storey shopping complex building collapsed in Kubernagar area of Ahmedabad.

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An Ahmedabad Municipal Transport Service (AMTS) bus being pulled out with the help of a crane after it plunged into a pit following what was said to be a brake failure, Ahmedabad.

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People cross a flooded street after heavy rain, in Rajkot.

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Residents wade through a flooded road after heavy rains in Surat.

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A flooded colony after heavy rains in Surat.

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A devotee carries an idol of elephant-headed god Ganesha during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad.

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A man sits with an idol of elephant-headed god Ganesha inside a car during Ganesh Chaturthi festival in Ahmedabad.

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Commuters wade through a waterlogged street during heavy rains, in Surat.

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Gujarat Anti-Terrorist Squad arrests a 'sharpshooter' who was allegedly sent by gangster Chhota Shakeel to kill a BJP leader, in Ahmedabad.

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People try to cross waterlogged Parvat Gam road following heavy rains, in Surat.

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Traffic jam as vehicles move slowly on a damaged road after heavy rain, in Ahmedabad.

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People wade through a waterlogged area following heavy rainfall, in Surat.

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People wade through a waterlogged street after heavy rainfall, in Surat.

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Priests shower flower petals on idols of Lord Krishna and Radha during Janmashtami celebrations at the Hare Krishna Temple, in Ahmedabad.

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A woman checks umbrellas displayed for sale on a pavement in Ahmedabad. Umbrellas are in demand during the monsoon season which runs from June to September.

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A damaged auto rickshaw after a tree fell on it, following heavy rainfall, in Rajkot.

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Forensic experts interact with police personnel while inspecting Shrey hospital after a major fire broke out in it in the wee hours, in Ahmedabad. At least eight patients died in the incident.

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Police personnel stop kins of the victims to enter Shrey hospital after a major fire broke out in it in the wee hours, in Ahmedabad. At least eight patients died in the incident.

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Broken windows are seen inside Shrey hospital after a major fire broke out in it in the wee hours, in Ahmedabad. At least eight patients have died in the incident.

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Bodies are shifted for post-mortem in an ambulance after a major fire broke out at Shrey Hospital in Ahmedabad. At least eight people have died at the private hospital for coronavirus patients early Thursday.

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Police stand outside Shrey Hospital after a major fire broke out, in Ahmedabad. At least eight people have died at the private hospital for coronavirus patients early Thursday.

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A man dressed as god Hanuman participates in a celebration by Vishwa Hindu Parishad or World Hindu Council to mark the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, in Ahmedabad.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP) or World Hindu Council performs rituals during a celebration to mark the groundbreaking ceremony of a temple dedicated to the Hindu god Ram in Ayodhya, at a temple in Ahmedabad.

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People maintaining social distancing, offer namaz at Jumma Masjid on the occasion of Eid al-Adha, in Ahmedabad.

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Beds lined at businessman Kadar Shaikh's office, converted into a COVID Care Centre for free treatment of the needy, in Surat.

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Healthcare workers wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) kits collect swab samples of municipal school teachers for COVID-19 test, in Ahmedabad.

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Members of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and head priest of Jagannath temple Dilipda Ji Maharaj perform rituals before sending soil and water from different rivers of Gujarat for ground-breaking ceremony of Ayodhya's Ram Mandir, in Ahmedabad.

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Devotees wearing personal protective equipment pray as the mortal remains of Purushottampriyadasji Swamishree Maharaj, head priest of Maninagar Shree Swaminarayan Gadi Sansthan, arrives for his funeral rituals, at Smruti Temple premises in Ahmedabad. Swamishree died of COVID-19.

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A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a man at an urban health centre in Ahmedabad.

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People stand in queues to get tested for COVID-19 at an urban health centre in Ahmedabad. India's virus cases surged another 32,695 as of Thursday, taking the nation closer to 1 million and forcing a new lockdown in the popular western beach state of Goa two weeks after it was reopened to tourists.

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Truck are seen partially submerged in flood waters following heavy rainfall, in Jamnagar.

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Commuters wade through a waterlogged street following heavy rain, in Rajkot.

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Relatives of coronavirus patients rest inside a facility provided by the Civil Hospital in its premises, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrant workers and their families, who had left for their hometown in UP during the nationwide lockdown, queue for screening on their return as they arrive at a railway station in Ahmedabad.

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People light oil lamps inside Badshah no Hajiro during a special prayer meeting for the COVID-19 victims, in Ahmedabad.

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Former Congress MLAs Pradhyumansinh Jadeja (L), J.V.Kakadiya (2nd from L), Brijesh Merja (3rd from L), Akshay Patel (2nd from R), Jitu Chaudhary (R) show victory sign after joining BJP in the presence of BJP State President Jitu Vaghani, at state headquarters in Gandhinagar.

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Firefighters attempt to douse a massive fire that broke out in sanitary products maker Unicharm Japanese company, at Sanand GIDC in Ahmedabad.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani arrives at Lord Jagannath temple for rituals during 143rd annual Rath Yatra, being held inside the temple premises due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Ahmedabad.

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Heavy police force deployed at the main gate of the Jagannath temple as the annual Rath Yatra is being held inside the premises of temple due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Ahmedabad. The Gujarat High Court on Monday night rejected an application seeking permission of the mega event outside the temple.

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Head priest of Lord Jagannath Temple Dilipdas ji Maharaj offers prayers near the three caparisoned elephants on the eve of the annual Rath Yatra or chariot procession, in Ahmedabad.

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A view of the solar eclipse as seen in the sky from Ahmedabad.

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BJP Rajya Sabha election candidate Abhay Bhardwaj being sanitised as he arrives to cast his vote during RS elections, in Gandhinagar.

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An MLA checks his temperature as he arrives to cast his vote during RS elections, in Gandhinagar. Voting for the four Rajya Sabha seats in Gujarat began today.

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Congress MLA arrives at The Ummed hotel ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections, in Ahmedabad.

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Demonstrators burn posters of Chinese President Xi Jinping during a protest against China, in Ahmedabad. Three soldiers were killed in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night during a clash with Chinese troops in the first such incident involving fatalities after a gap of 45 years, signalling a massive escalation in the five-week border standoff in the sensitive region.

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Fire fighters try to douse a fire that broke out in a looms unit at Anjani Industrial area in Surat.

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People move out of their residential colony to an open area following an earthquake, in Ahmedabad.

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People move out of their apartments and compounds to an open area following an earthquake, in Ahmedabad.

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People move out of their apartments and compounds to an open area following an earthquake, in Ahmedabad.

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People wade through a flooded road after heavy rains, in Ahmedabad.

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A scooterist rides past the debris of a wall that collapsed during heavy rain, in Ahmedabad.

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Artists paint chariots ahead of Lord Jagannath Rath Yatra during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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People sit inside a city bus in Ahmedabad. India's coronavirus cases are spiking amid government reopening restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its states after a more than 2-month-old lockdown.

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People board a city bus in Ahmedabad. India's coronavirus cases are spiking amid government reopening restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its states after a more than 2-month-old lockdown.

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People board a city bus in Ahmedabad. India's coronavirus cases are spiking amid government reopening restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its states after a more than 2-month-old lockdown.

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Commuters during heavy rainfall, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Medics stage a protest over their salary deduction at SVP hospital, during the fifth phase of ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Commuters move through a waterlogged street after heavy rain, in Surat.

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Congress MLAs and leaders attend CLP leader meeting ahead of Rajya Sabha Election after two party MLAs gave their resignation to Gujarat Assembly Speaker, at Congress party headquarter in Ahmedabad.

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A municipal worker operates a customized tractor to spray disinfectants at a police housing colony, during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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A man is helped after he was rescued by the fire brigade personnel during a fire in a building, in Ahmedabad.

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Border Security Force personnel disinfect themselves on their return after patrolling, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrant workers from other states trying to return to their homes wait for transportation at Vastral metro rail station in Ahmedabad. India sees no respite from the coronavirus caseload at a time when the two-month-old lockdown across the country is set to end on Sunday.

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A man poses with face-masks showing an image of the customer's face printed on it, at a photo studio in Gandhinagar.

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Migrants keep their luggage to reserve their spot in a queue, while they sit under shade, before boarding a bus to the railway station, during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Surat.

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An employee sorts diamonds using a magnifying glass at a diamond factory, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Surat.

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A passenger's luggage is sanitized at the airport as domestic flights resume operations after nearly two-month lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Ahmedabad.

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Crew members of an airline arrive at the airport as domestic flights resume operations after nearly two-month lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Ahmedabad.

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A homeless man eats Kheer, a sweet dish distributed by a Muslim man on Eid al-Fitr in Ahmedabad.

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A man distribute Kheer, a sweet dish to homeless people on Eid al-Fitr in Ahmedabad. The holiday of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, a usually joyous three-day celebration has been significantly toned down as coronavirus cases soar.

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Migrants wait to board buses to reach a railway station for their onward journey by trains to their native places, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Surat.

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Airport staff disinfect Sardar Patel International Airport, during the fourth phase of COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Ahmedabad. India is set to resume its domestic civil aviation operations from May 25.

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Migrants wait to board buses to a railway station as they travel to their native places, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Surat.

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Migrant workers along with their families wait in queues to board buses to reach a railway station for their onward journey by a special train to their home state Bihar, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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A barber in protective gear attends to a customer at his shop after some ease in COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, in Surat.

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A worker looks at a diamond piece as works resume at the manufacturing unit of Dharmanandan Diamonds after announcement of some relaxations during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Surat.

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Diamond workers start their work at the manufacturing unit of Dharmanandan Diamonds after announcement of some relaxations during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Surat.

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Police detain migrants following a clash with security personnel, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrants being detained following a clash with security personnel, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrant workers from other states desperate to return to their homes stand in queue as they wait for transportation to a train station in Ahmedabad. Tens of thousands of migrant workers have been returning from big cities to their villages after losing jobs because of a countrywide lockdown imposed in late March to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

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A migrant woman from another state trying to return to her home holds her children as she waits for transportation to a train station in Ahmedabad.

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Migrants damage a truck demanding means of transport to travel to their native places, during the ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rajkot.

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Neha Kumari Yadav weighs fodder as her father looks on at their shop, in Ahmedabad. Yadav secured 98.76% (science stream) in the Gujarat Higher Secondary examinations.

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A policeman wields his baton to disperse protesting migrant workers, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Ahmedabad. The migrants were demanding a means of transport to travel to their native places in Bihar.

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People throng on road for shopping during relaxation in lockdown to curb the spread of new coronavirus in Ahmedabad.

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Pradeep, 35, a physically challenged migrant waits for a means of transportation to travel to his native place in Rajasthan, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrants, not adhering to social distancing norms, stand in a queue waiting for transportation to reach railway station, during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrants wait for their turn to get tokens to board buses that will take them to their native place Uttar Pradesh, during the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrants, not adhering to social distancing norms, stand in queues to get tokens before boarding buses to Uttar Pradesh during the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Migrants wait for a means of transport to reach a railway station and board a special train to their native place in Uttar Pradesh, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Ahmedabad.

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Gujarat State Road Transport Corporation (GSRTC) buses ferry passengers to Saurashtra, during the ongoing COVID-19 nationwide lockdown, in Surat.

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Migrant workers from other states desperate to return to their homes wait for transportation to a train station in Ahmedabad.

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Migrant workers from other states desperate to return to their homes wait for transportation to a train station in Ahmedabad.

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