Indian authorities have advised all states to avoid mass gatherings until the coronavrius' spread is contained, the Ministry of Health said in a tweet today.
The tweet carried a memorandum from the ministry recommending individual state governments "take necessary action" to guide event organizers on precautions to prevent the spread of the disease.
This comes right before a big festival: Holi is a major Hindu festival that falls on March 10 this year.
Earlier this week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he would not attend any Holi events this year in an effort to avoid public gatherings. And yesterday, the country's president also announced cancellations of traditional Holi gatherings at the presidential palace.
The Mughal Gardens at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the president's official residence, will also close for the public from Saturday to avoid any large gatherings.