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Philippines cancels centuries-old ‘Black Nazarene’ parade over coronavirus infection fears

Catholic devotees flock to the Black Nazarene on a procession through Manila to mark its feast day in January. Photo: EPACatholic devotees flock to the Black Nazarene on a procession through Manila to mark its feast day in January. Photo: EPA

Catholic devotees flock to the Black Nazarene on a procession through Manila to mark its feast day in January. Photo: EPA

  • The procession through the capital, a tradition in the former Spanish colony that goes back more than two centuries, typically draws millions of devotees
  • As the country’s coronavirus hotspot, Manila is under partial quarantine restrictions with mass gatherings banned and social distancing imposed

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Reuters

Updated: 1:06pm, 23 Oct, 2020

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