Seville’s Easter processional parade has been cancelled due to coronavirus concerns, the city’s Mayor tweeted Saturday.

“I want to communicate the hardest decision I’ve made as mayor in these five years, which is the suspension of the Holy Week processional parades, in consensus with the General council of Seville and the Archbishopric,” Mayor Juan Espadas Cejas said.

The Mayor’s decision comes after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez declared a 15-day state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic.

“The State of Emergency is a resource used to tackle extraordinary crisis such as the one happening in the world and in our country,” Sanchez said during a televised speech on Friday.

The annual Eastern celebration, known as Semana Santa de Sevilla, is one of the city’s most attended festivals. It features traditional parades and processions and large gatherings.

Source: CNN News

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