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No religion, God says put lives at risk for festivals: Vardhan

NEW DELHI, OCT 11 (AGENCIES): | Publish Date: 10/11/2020 12:49:35 PM IST

 Preparations already on for the festive season, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Sunday gave the people a reality check. 

“There is no need to congregate in large numbers to prove your faith or your religion... You can pray to your gods at your homes. I would suggest that all of you celebrate festivals with your families,” he said, pointing to coronavirus which is still on rampage. “No religious leaders of any religion say that festivals should be celebrated by putting lives in danger... no Gods say you need to go to big pandals to pray. If you know there is fire outside and you still go out in the fire in the name of religion -- what’s the point of such festivals,” the minister said in a strong message.

With Durga Puja, Dussehra, Diwali and Chhath Puja around the corner, there is concern about Covid numbers spiking as people drop the use of all safety norms. On October 6, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had told the media that there has been a “huge spike in cases in Kerala for several days and a lot of it has to do with the Onam festivities”.

 

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