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People gathered in Durga Puja pandals; Bengal government urges people to avoid crowded places

By PTI

KOLKATA: The West Bengal government on Saturday asked people to avoid crowded places, saying that the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet as citizens of the state thronged Durga in large numbers even before the actual festival began. Have started going to puja pandals, which is increasing the concern of spreading. of disease.

The state health department has urged people to take precautionary measures against this infection and celebrate the festival from home.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is very active and we must not forget about the precautions we must take to deal with it in all these months. During this Durga Puja festival, we should avoid crowded places. Stay indoors And it would be prudent to celebrate the festival virtually,” the department said in an advisory.

A large number of people have been seen visiting big-ticket pandals in and around Kolkata over the past few days, though the actual puja will begin from Monday.

The health department said the virus responsible for the disease is mutating and that a third wave of the pandemic could occur at any time.

Making it mandatory for people to wear masks and use of sanitizers every time they go out of the house, the department advised them not to participate in ‘sindoor khela’ (a ritual in which women apply vermilion to each other on the last day of worship). Take and keep Adequate physical distancing while visiting pandals or eateries during the festival.

“The elderly, children and pregnant women are advised to stay indoors and perform online pujas. If anyone has cold and fever, the person should be isolated,” the advisory said.

The department has also advised the puja organizers to involve people, preferably in the form of volunteers, who have been given both doses of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, a bulletin issued by the health department said that at least 12 more people died in West Bengal on Saturday, taking the death toll to 18,894.

Four deaths were reported in North 24 Parganas district while three deaths were reported in Kolkata.

The bulletin said that with the registration of 776 new cases, this number increased to 15,75,577.

It said that 755 patients were cured of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 15,49,049.

The discharge rate stood at 98.32 percent.

The number of active cases now stands at 7,634.

The bulletin said that 36,429 samples have been tested for coronavirus in the state since Friday, taking the total number of such tests to 1,84,71,961.

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