The government of West Bengal has asked people to not be a part of the crowded places as the coronavirus pandemic has not finished off yet. Since the Navratri festival is going on, many people of the state are coming out in huge numbers to visit the Durga Puja pandals. This is increasing the risk of the coronavirus infection and its variants spread among many.
In an advisory notice, the state health department has asked the people to practice precautions against the virus and observe the festival from home. People who stay indoors and celebrate the festival online are wise, said the department. Big-ticket pandals saw a huge number of visitors in and around Kolkata in the last few days although the actual puja ceremonies will start only from Monday.
The coronavirus has been mutating and there are reports of how the third wave of the pandemic is likely to hit the country any time. Also, the state health department has advised against participating in sindoor khela, which is a practice in which women smear each other with sindoor on the final day of the Navratri celebrations. Adequate social distancing while visiting pandals and hotels is advised. Also, wearing masks, using sanitizer is a must every time people go out of the house.
The state health department has also informed the Durga Puja pandal organizers to entertain people only if they are vaccinated against COVID-19 with both the first and second doses. If anyone is found coughing or having a fever, he or she can isolate himself at home and get tested if the symptoms become adverse. It is important to follow all the guidelines recommended by the state government from time to time to defeat the coronavirus as a whole.
People who have a careless attitude and think that this COVID-19 is nothing but a scam can please check the death toll of people who have lost their lives in the last two years.