With the Durga puja festivities coming to an finish in West Bengal, the following two weeks shall be crucial to hold Covid-19 circumstances below management in the state, well being specialists have warned.
The state well being division is planning to ramp up testing, which had dropped in the course of the festive season, in the approaching weeks senior officers stated.
“The number of RT-PCR tests had dropped to almost half during the puja. We are going to increase it now. While 39,661 tests were done on October 1, the number of tests dropped to around 21,217 on October 15. We have already starting ramping up [the number of] tests. On October 17, we conducted 27,148 tests. This will be increased further,” stated a senior official of the state well being division.
During the primary wave of the an infection final year, West Bengal recorded most variety of Covid-19 circumstances on October 22, when 4,157 new circumstances have been registered following buying spree forward of Durga Puja festivities.
At the height of the second Covid wave in the state on May 14, simply after the meeting elections ended this year, the every day rely had shot up to 20,846. In each cases well being specialists blamed large gatherings that too with out adhering to security norms for the spike.
“This year we saw that Covid-19 safety protocols were flouted rampantly. Pandal hoppers hit the streets in thousands with huge gatherings seen outside puja pandals. Many were not even wearing masks, forget social distancing and sanitising. The next two weeks will be very crucial,” stated Sukumar Mukherjee, member of the skilled committee that was arrange in 2020 to advise chief minister Mamata Banerjee on pandemic-related issues.
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Even although the excessive courtroom had banned entry of tourists inside puja pandals, guests gathered in giant numbers on the barricades put up outdoors pandals. The police had to cease the entry of tourists in one pandal at Salt Lake, which was modelled on Burj Khalifa and have become a serious crowd puller. The Eastern Railway too had to cancel round 13 pairs of trains to cease individuals from coming to Kolkata for pandal hopping on the puja days.
“Even though there has been no surge yet but we are getting ripples with the daily Covid-19 cases increasing and falling. We need to increase our testing and keep a close watch. The coming weeks will be very crucial,” stated Manas Gumta, common secretary of Association of Health Service Doctors in the state.
This turns into all of the extra essential as a result of the state schooling division has initiated the method to reopen colleges and schools. Educational establishments are doubtless to reopen in November. Local trains nonetheless stay cancelled.