GANGTOK: The 74th Independence Day celebrations will be subdued in Sikkim due to the COVID-19 outbreak, officials said on Tuesday. The state-level function will be held at Manan Bhawan here instead of Paljor Stadium, the usual venue, they said.
The event will be held on a smaller scale with limited invitees, but with the same zeal, enthusiasm, and nationalistic fervor as previous years, an official said.
The program will be live-streamed across various digital platforms, he said. The decision in this regard was taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Secretary S C Gupta on Monday, the official added.
The Himalayan state has reported 688 COVID-19 cases till Monday, of which 390 are active.(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)