Expressing concern over the unrelenting surge in COVID-19 circumstances in Bengal, docs in Kolkata have written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, urging her to take stricter measures to limit public gathering throughout Durga puja, as it’d “result in a tsunami” of infections.
BR Satpati, an advisor on the well being division and member of the state’s COVID-19 professional committee, nevertheless, asserted that the federal government was taking requisite measures to make sure folks’s security.
Members of Joint Platform of Docs, of their letter to Ms Banerjee, referred to the steep rise in coronavirus circumstances in Kerala after the latest Onam competition, and an identical state of affairs in Spain following Worldwide Ladies’s Day celebrations and a soccer match to make their level.
In addition they connected with the letter a three-day rolling common of the every day variety of infections within the metropolis, which confirmed a major rise in caseload.
“We noticed that the variety of infections in West Bengal went up after Mahalaya and Vishwakarma Puja. It is an alarming sign. We now have additionally seen how the state of affairs deteriorated after precedence was given to feelings to organise Onam competition, neglecting well being protocols in Kerala.
“The an infection fee in Kerala shot up by 750 per cent, following which part 144 needed to be imposed there,” the letter, signed by Dr Hiralal Konar and D Punyabrata Gun, joint convenors of the platform stated.
The docs additionally reminded the Chief Minister that Ganesh Chaturthi was a low-key affair in Maharasthra this time, and Garba throughout Navratri has been cancelled in Gujarat, within the wake of the pandemic.
“In our state, too, Eid and Muharram had been noticed indoors. If we don’t study from these cases, and take precautionary measures to keep up well being protocols throughout this Durga Puja, it may be suicidal. The state of affairs might exit of hand resulting in a tsunami of circumstances,” the discussion board stated.
The docs additional requested Ms Banerjee to make sure that no public gathering takes place throughout Durga Puja.
“We wish to request you (CM) to take vital steps to cease gathering of individuals at puja pandals. And folks stepping out of their houses should mandatorily put on masks. We consider, at this second, these are the 2 main protocols folks should comply with,” the letter stated.
Dr Konar, when contacted, stated calling off Durga Puja celebrations would have been the best factor to do, this 12 months.
“We may haven’t organised the Durga Puja this 12 months amid this pandemic. However that is not doable. There are such a lot of elements concerned. So many individuals might be uncovered. Take into consideration the police personnel, the civic police, the volunteers who might be on the street… it will make them extra susceptible to the illness,” Dr Konar tol PTI.
He additionally stated that the transport motion needs to be managed to discourage pandal-hopping.
“We are going to urge the administration to permit digital pandal-hopping as that might cease folks from going out. Folks should be inspired to go for digital pandal hopping,” he added.
West Bengal, until Wednesday, witnessed 5,376 COVID-19-related deaths, whereas the tally stands at 2,80,504.
Mr Satpathi, on his half, stated the state was taking ample steps to make sure security of all, however folks, too, should be alert and comply with the directions.
“See, folks should comply with the protocols whereas going out. We now have to be alert. The state has taken all types of precautionary measures. But when folks don’t comply with them, there’ll all the time be an opportunity of an additional spike in circumstances,” Mr Satpathi acknowledged.
Echoing him, Dr Ashutosh Ghosh, one other member of the COVID professional group, stated sustaining well being protocol is the one approach ahead.
“Clearly, we have to preserve bodily distance and put on masks. We will already see that individuals are crowding market locations. They’ll come out in the course of the pujas, too. We should not neglect the well being protocols or the state of affairs would possibly flip essential,” Mr Ghosh added.