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 skilled 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 pageant, and an analogous scenario in Spain following Worldwide Girls’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 day by 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. Now we have additionally seen how the scenario deteriorated after precedence was given to feelings to organise Onam pageant, neglecting well being protocols in Kerala.
“The an infection price 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 scenario could 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 essential 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 observe,” the letter stated.
Dr Konar, when contacted, stated calling off Durga Puja celebrations would have been the best factor to do, this yr.
“We may haven’t organised the Durga Puja this yr amid this pandemic. However that is not attainable. There are such a lot of elements concerned. So many individuals will likely be uncovered. Take into consideration the police personnel, the civic police, the volunteers who will likely be on the street… it will make them extra weak to the illness,” Dr Konar tol PTI.
He additionally stated that the transport motion needs to be managed to discourage pandal-hopping.
“We’ll urge the administration to permit digital pandal-hopping as that will 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 satisfactory steps to make sure security of all, however folks, too, must be alert and observe the directions.
“See, folks must observe the protocols whereas going out. Now we have to be alert. The state has taken all types of precautionary measures. But when folks don’t observe them, there’ll all the time be an opportunity of an additional spike in circumstances,” Mr Satpathi said.
Echoing him, Dr Ashutosh Ghosh, one other member of the COVID skilled staff, stated sustaining well being protocol is the one approach ahead.
“Clearly, we have to preserve bodily distance and put on masks. We are able to already see that persons are crowding market locations. They are going to come out throughout the pujas, too. We should not neglect the well being protocols or the scenario may flip crucial,” Mr Ghosh added.