London's Notting Hill Carnival Scrapped Again Due To Covid-19
One of the world's largest street festivals, the Notting Hill Carnival in west London, has been cancelled for the second year running because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Friday
London, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jun, 2021 ) :One of the world's largest street festivals, the Notting Hill Carnival in west London, has been cancelled for the second year running because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Friday.
The three-day celebration of British-Caribbean culture traces its roots back the 1950s and had been due to take place again in late August after being shelved last year.
But Notting Hill Carnival Ltd said this year's event "will not be on the streets due to the ongoing uncertainty and risk Covid-19 poses".
"This has been an incredibly difficult decision to make," it added in a statement.
"Everyone involved in the event desperately wants a return to the road where Carnival belongs but safety has to come first and with the latest cautious announcement on the government's 'roadmap', this is the only way to ensure that.
But the government earlier this week delayed a planned lifting of all coronavirus restrictions because of surging cases of the Delta variant first identified in India, which is again putting pressure on hospital services.
A total of 11,007 new cases were registered on Thursday -- the first time the figure has gone above 10,000 since last February when the country was in full lockdown.