BMC bans Holi celebrations in public & private places in Mumbai amid rising COVID cases

From April 1, all people over 45 years of age can get the COVID vaccine.

Ahead of the Holi festivities in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has released a set of new guidelines in view of the emergent second wave of the coronavirus in the city. As ordained, all celebrations and events scheduled on March 28 and March 29 stand cancelled to control the surging growth and transmission rate of infection here. Strict action will be taken against violators under the Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 and Disaster Management Act, 2005, the notification further read.

Holi celebrations cancelled in Mumbai due to COVID-surge

There will be no get-togethers or parties in public or private spaces to celebrate Holi in Mumbai due to the recent COVID-19 surge, peaking higher over all records of last year. All events scheduled here on March 28 and March 29 will be cancelled, read reports. Punitive action will be taken against those who fail to comply with the order.

Besides Mumbai's civic body, several other states across India have decided to ban festivities in view of the COVID-19 resurgence. While Uttar Pradesh has also prescribed new travel protocols for visitors arriving into the state from hotspot areas in the country, Chandigarh too barred events and such celebrations on Monday, read reports.

Besides curbs on Holi-event, authorities are also planning to shut access to Juhu Beach as Andheri (west) lines up as a hotspot in the city. At present, this municipal ward is single-handedly furnishing about 200-300 fresh coronavirus cases, the highest among all 24 civic wards here.

At present, clean-up marshals have been deployed at the beach to penalise people not wearing a face mask. Since Monday, the bhel plazas here are also conducting COVID-19 antigen tests informed sources. However, with a 0.97% weekly surge in this area alone, BMC might ban entry to the beach premises.

The Mumbai COVID update:

The city is recording higher fresh tallies every day, adding a significant load on the treatment and healthcare facilities here. On Tuesday, Mumbai reported around 3,514 new coronavirus cases - nearly 8% than those reported on Monday. Since the outbreak of coronavirus last year, the city has reported 3,69,451 where the highest single-day tallies were clocked-in on each day of the past week. With this, the city is nursing about 26,599 cases actively.

According to officials, the higher numbers are a consequence of the heightened testing capacities. Moreover, a notable share of the new cases found here has been traced as virus mutations. According to the records of the Union Health Ministry, the total infection count of the UK, South Africa and Brazil COVID-19 variants stands at 795 in India.

From April 1, all people over 45 years of age can get the COVID vaccine

With about 3,30,328 patients who've recovered, Mumbai is strengthening its defence against the pandemic by expanding its inoculation drive. From April 1, all people over the age of 45 years can get the COVID-19 vaccine. As of now, only health workers, frontline workers, people over the age of 60 and those between 45-59 years of age with co-morbidities were allowed to take the jab.

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