Traslacion 2021 canceled due to COVID-19

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The ritual is known worldwide for its sea of worshippers who congregate in packed venues and join a long procession in Manila's narrow streets

The Manila city government announced on Friday, October 23, that Traslacion 2021 will not push through due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Manila Public Information Office posted the city government’s advisory on Twitter.

On January 9 of each year, millions of Black Nazarene devotees walk through the streets of Manila for the ritual of traslacion. It is an almost day-long procession of the Black Nazarene statue­ ­– also called the Nazareno – which is deemed miraculous by its believers.

An estimated 3.3 million Catholic devotees joined the 2020 Traslacion, which lasted 16 hours. At least 251 people were injured.

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The ritual is known worldwide for its tightly packed, teeming mass of worshippers – a literal sea of people moving through the city in increments – which would, if held in January, violate physical distancing rules that the Philippines is compelled to obey because it has yet to flatten the coronavirus curve.

The Philippines now has 363,888 confirmed COVID-19 cases after the Department of Health (DOH) reported 1,664 new cases on Thursday, October 22.

The DOH reported 38 new deaths due to the coronavirus disease, bringing the death toll to 6,783, while the recoveries are up by 843, raising total recoveries to 312,333. Of the total cases, 44,772 are active. –

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