Friday 3 April, 2020

Phagwa celebrations cancelled over COVID-19 concerns

Indians dance and spray colour during Holi festival celebrations in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Indians dance and spray colour during Holi festival celebrations in Gauhati, India, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Phagwa celebrations carded for this weekend have been cancelled amid growing concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) Secretary General Vijay Maharaj said the decision was taken following a meeting of the organisation’s Central Executive shortly after the announcement of the country’s first case of COVID-19 on Thursday.

All celebrations originally scheduled to take place across the country on Sunday have been cancelled.

Children’s Phagwa celebrations at all SDMS schools were cancelled.

The Chowtaal Sameelan which was expected to take place on Saturday at the Orange Valley Vishnu Mandhir is among the weekend events cancelled.

Public gatherings at temples and outdoor venues have also been cancelled in keeping with social distancing guidelines by public health officials.

Maharaj said updates will be forthcoming as the Ministry of Health issues further information and directives with respect to COVID-19.

As of Friday evening, T&T still had just one confirmed case of COVID-19.

The patient, who recently flew into the country after a business trip in Switzerland, is now warded at the Caura Hospital after contracting a mild case of the virus.

His family has tested negative for COVID-19.

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