Centre warns people to obey the safety measures as third wave of Covid may loom amidst festivities
Delhi – With Indian festivities taking full swing, Covid safety protocols are being blatantly violated across the country. Those days are not far away when the third wave of Covid would be looming on heads. The Centre has warned that the next three months would be critical for India. Taking a step further and making people cautious, the healthcare department along with the central government has launched the ‘Covid Mission 100 days’. It is aimed at urging people to not let their guard down and keep taking all the safety measures against Covid.
It should be noted in Delhi several temples and markets are already witnessing a huge footfall during the Durga Puja festivities. Thousands of people stepped out of their homes to visit temples and malls for shopping. Even though safety checks and social distancing had been mandated, the crowds seemed to give them a miss, a big time.
However, experts suggest experts suggest avoiding mass gatherings and celebrating the festivals in a scaled-down manner. It worked effectively when Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) prohibited public celebrations of Ganesh Chaturthi. It helped to curb the Covid situation in Delhi significantly.
Especially, this month several festivals including Dusshera, Diwali, and Chhath puja will be falling. According to medical experts, the festival season coincides loosely with a possible third wave of Covid. Last year, the Delhi government had prohibited the celebration of Chhath at the Ghats of the Yamuna and other water bodies to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Balram Bhargava, director-general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), mentioned that the use of masks by the community at large must be encouraged. He further suggested that mass gatherings, by all means, must be discouraged, and if such a gathering is to be permitted, prior vaccination should be ensured of everyone.