NHS leaders in the Black Country are urging people to stay safe ahead of Diwali celebrations next week.

Diwali, also known as the Hindu festival of light, is an Indian festival celebrated over five days by people all over the world.

This year, the festival takes place from Saturday 22 October to Wednesday 26 October, with the main celebration day taking place on Monday 24 October.

The NHS has created a video with a local GP to help remind people of the importance of staying safe against COVID-19 during the celebrations.

You can watch the video, which is also available in Urdu, on YouTube here.

Dr Ananta Dave, Chief Medical Officer for NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board, said: “I know that Diwali is a significant festival in many people’s calendar, including my own. However, it’s important that we don’t forget that COVID-19 is still here too. So, as you make plans to celebrate with family and friends next week, please do so safely.

“Visiting friends and families in their homes is a traditional part of Diwali, but please remember that the virus thrives indoors. If you are inviting people into your home, try to keep the windows open so fresh air can circulate.

“To further reduce the risk of transmission, we’re also asking anyone with any cold or flu-like symptoms to stay at home and not mix with others – even if they’ve had a negative rapid COVID-19 test.

“The best thing you can do to protect yourself and others is to make sure that you’re fully vaccinated against COVI9-19, so please come forward if you haven’t already done so.

“So, let’s all celebrate safely – and let’s have a very happy Diwali!”

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