Ayodhya ram temple priest
The priest who has now tested positive was part of Ram temple rituals next week.Representational image

The priest of Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya has tested positive for coronavirus. Sixteen police personnel deployed for the security of the Ram Janmabhoomi, including one of the priests, have also tested Covid-19 positive.

Reportedly, the priest, identified as Pradeep Das, who has now tested positive was part of the groundbreaking Ram temple ceremony, which is expected to be held on August 5.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was also scheduled to attend the Bhoomi Pujan ceremony along with 50 VIPs. The ceremony was supposed to be held maintaining all the safety guidelines for Covid-19.

Massive CCTV screens have been set up all across Ayodhya so that the devotees can watch the programme, The Temple Trust stated.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had visited the Ram Janmabhoomi complex to review preparations for the August 5 event earlier Saturday.

Meanwhile, active coronavirus cases in Ayodhya stand at 375 while Uttar Pradesh has 29,997 Covid-19 cases.