New Delhi: Keeping in view the rising coronavirus cases in the city, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) has prohibited Chhath Puja at public places. The Chief Secretary Vijay Dev issued the order and advised the residents to perform the puja at their respective homes.
“The situation of COVID-19 in Delhi had been reviewed and it had been observed that there has been a persistent rise in COVID-19 cases in NCT of Delhi in the recent period. Considering this, it has been decided that Chhath Puja celebrations may not be allowed in public places and people may be advised to celebrate the festival at their home only,” the order stated.
In the order, it was directed to the local authorities to ensure that there is no Chhath Puja at public places, including ghats or river banks, temples and public grounds.
It also directed them to conduct meetings with religious and community leaders to encourage people to observe the festival at their homes.
On Wednesday, the daily new cases crossed the 8,000 mark for the first time, setting a new record since the pandemic hit the city. Delhi on Wednesday reported 8,593 new cases, taking the cumulative tally to 4,59,975.
On Tuesday as well, the national capital had recorded the highest single-day spike at the time with 7,830 new cases. On Sunday, the third highest single-day spike was registered with 7,745 new cases.