Holi Celebrations Banned In Mumbai, Delhi Amid Rise In Covid-19 Cases
A roadside vendor drinks tea while sitting next to water guns and packets of colored powders on display at a market stall ahead of Holi celebrations in Mumbai. (Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Holi Celebrations Banned In Mumbai, Delhi Amid Rise In Covid-19 Cases

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Considering the rise in Covid-19 cases, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority on Tuesday announced that Holi celebrations, on March 28 and 29, will not be permitted.

Mumbai recorded 3,512 new Covid-19 cases and eight casualties during the day.

BMC in a circular announced a ban on Holi celebrations in both private and public places.

Action will be taken against violators under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 and Disaster Management Act, 2005, it was stated.

Further, the Chief Secretary of Delhi Disaster Management Authority , Vijay Dev directed authorities to ensure strict compliance of the order.

"All authorities concerned will ensure that public celebrations and gatherings, congregations during upcoming festivals like Holi, Shab-e-Barat, Navaratri etc shall not be allowed in public places/public grounds/public parks/markets/religious places etc in NCT of Delhi," Dev said in the order.

Delhi reported 1,101 Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the highest in over three months, while four people succumbed to the disease, the health department said.

It is for the first time since Dec. 24 that the city has recorded more than 1,000 cases in a day.

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