New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the third spurt in the cases of coronavirus in the national capital, the Delhi government on Wednesday directed all concerning authorities to ensure that Chhath Pooja celebrations and processions shall not be allowed in public places, river banks and temples across the city. 

"Govt of Delhi has issued an order directing all DMs and DDCs of Police and all authorities concerned to ensure that Chhath Pooja festival/celebration in November shall not be allowed at public places/river banks/temples etc. in the national capital", the order by Cheif Secretary of Delhi stated. 

The four-day festival which is mainly celebrated by the people of Bihar, Jharkhand and eastern Uttar Pradesh, will begin on November 18 and will end on November 21. 

The government's order came hours after the Delhi High Court pulled the AAP government for relaxing norms for public movement and gatherings even as COVID-19 cases were increasing with no household "left untouched".  The court also asked if the government had any policy or strategy in place to deal with the "alarming" situation.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramanium Prasad said that when Delhi, as a city-state, was "hands down beating" Maharashtra and Kerala in the number of daily new cases in the past two weeks, what concrete steps have been taken by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government to contain the spread of infection.

Delhi recorded its sharpest single-day spike of 7,830 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday which took the national capital's infection tally to over 4.5 lakh, and 83 more fatalities -- the highest since June 16. The fresh infections, which took the city's case count to 4,51,382, came out of 59,035 tests conducted the previous day.

Earlier in the day, the Calcutta High Court also banned the Chhath Puja processions across West Bengal in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the court allowed two persons per family to enter a water body to offers prayers during the festival.  

Posted By: Talib Khan