Sabarimala Temple festival called off in view of nationwide lockdown

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PATHANAMTHITTA: In view of the countrywide lockdown, Sabarimala Temple festival which was scheduled to begin on March 29 has been cancelled.

 

The decision by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) comes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the complete lockdown from the midnight of Tuesday.

Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) has also decided to cancel all festivals in other temples of Kerala that comes under the Board.

In a televised address to the nation on Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi said that it is vital to break the chain of the disease and experts have said that at least 21 days are needed for it. Social distancing is the only option to deal with the disease.

The Prime Minister said the lockdown has drawn a "Lakshman Rekha" in every home and people should stay indoors for their own protection and for that of their families.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India has reported about 536 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases. A total of 22,694 samples from March 24 till 8 pm.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

COVID-19, which stands for Coronavirus Disease 2019, is the name of the disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 belongs to the Coronavirus family with crown-shaped spikes on its surfaces. The name of the disease was given by the World Health Organisation.


 

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