Festival celebrations banned in India amid surge in COVID-19 cases

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NEW DELHI, March 24 (Xinhua) — Many state and city governments have banned community celebrations of Holi, the festival of colors, in India in the wake of yet another COVID-19 wave looming large.

The festival of Holi is scheduled for March 28-29.

India has been witnessing more than 40,000 COVID-19 cases and nearly 200 deaths daily over the past several days. According to official figures on Wednesday, a total of 47,262 new cases and 275 deaths were recorded across the country in the past 24 hours.

In an official statement, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) said that amid rising COVID-19 cases in Delhi, public celebrations for upcoming festivals such as Holi, Navratri and gatherings in general, will not be allowed.

“All district magistrates and concerned authorities should ensure strict adherence to the order,” it stated.

Likewise, public celebration and gatherings for upcoming festivals, including Holi, have been prohibited in Mumbai amid a renewed surge in pandemic cases across the country.

The government of most populous state Uttar Pradesh has also issued a set of guidelines asking senior citizens and vulnerable groups to stay away from celebrations, saying no processions or gatherings will be allowed without prior administrative permission. Enditem

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