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Bengal Sees Rise in Covid-19 Cases Post-Durga Puja Celebrations

The health department are keeping a close tab on the rising cases and will be watching the trend for the seven days.

South Dinajpur: Women take a selfie in front of the Goddess Durga idol after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee virtually inaugurated their community Durga Puja at Balurghat in South Dinajpur district, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (PTI Photo)

Kolkata: West Bengal is witnessing a rise in the Covid-19 cases which had become a cause of concern for the Sate health department as well as for doctors and front line warriors post-Durga puja.

According to sources in the state health department, the cause for this rise in one-day cases is due to the negligence of the people during the festive season.

The health department has alleged many pandal-hoppers ignored the Covid protocols, did not wear masks, neither did they use sanitisers nor maintain the social distancing during Durga Puja, which lead to the sudden surge in cases. The state on Thursday reported 833 fresh cases.

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Health experts have already expressed concern about this spike. According to sources in the health department, they are keeping a close tab on the rising cases and will be watching the trend for the seven days post Durga Puja.

Subrata Roy Chowdhury, chief health officer, Kolkata Municipal Corporation said, “People who have already taken one or two doses of the vaccine believe that they are not likely to be infected with the virus. But, they should keep in mind that inoculation decreases the risk of infection but does not make one immune to it. In addition to boosting the body’s immune system, it can prevent infections but there is no guarantee that the person will never be infected.”

However, he claimed that there is no immediate reason to panic, yet he warned that everyone should continue to wear face masks, use sanitisers and avoid crowded places.

As a precaution, health workers of KMC have already begun ward-by-ward surveillance activity. Meanwhile, with night curfew being imposed once again from Thursday, clubs in Bengal have also brought a change in their timings to ensure that Covid-19 norms are strictly followed.

Restrictions on all outdoor activities including movement of people and vehicles have been reinstated after a gap of 10 days from October 10 to 20, in view of Durga Puja. The restrictions on outdoor activities will remain in place from 11 pm to 5 am, with this the state government plans to keep a check on the rising Covid cases in the state.

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