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Covid-19 can assume dangerous shape if norms are flouted during festivals: Harsh Vardhan

Dr Harsh Vardhan said this in his ‘Sunday Samvaad’ programme as the country gears up to celebrate Navratri, Dussehra in October and Diwali, along with Chatthh puja in the month of November. It is important to note that the rise in the number of new Covid-19 cases has been on the decline in the country since the past few days.

“Anyone can remember their God with a pure heart from anywhere. I would want people to celebrate their festivals with their family. Earlier also this used to happen, people used to celebrate festivals in small groups. I do not think there is any need for going to pandals and melas,” he added.

The Union minister, however, added that as per the people’s beliefs if people wanted to go to puja pandals, they should maintain ‘2 gaz ki doori’ (maintain social distancing), wear masks at all times and urge others to do the same.

“I am saying all this because being the country’s Health Minister, it is my duty to protect people’s lives,” he said.

“If we falter in following COVID-19 guidelines during the festivals then corona can again assume a dangerous shape and become big trouble for us. This is the truth, in any religion, no dharmic leader will say that people’s lives should be put at risk to celebrate festivals. No God has said that one needs to go to puja pandals to worship,” the minister said.

Based on the MoHFW, the Covid-19 depend within the nation is at 70,53,807, together with 8,67,496 lively instances.

The variety of cured and discharged or migrated sufferers has additionally crossed 60-lakhs and is at 60,77,977 within the nation.

With 918 deaths, the toll as a result of illness now stands at 1,08,334 within the nation.

The health minister said ICMR is investigating the cases of reported re-emergence of Covid-19 and the results will be shared in a few weeks.

“A person during his path of recovery and having a low viral load may have a resurgence of ongoing infection due to immuno-compromised state or other secondary infections. It is necessary to differentiate between a mislabelled reinfection and an actual reinfection. An actual reinfection would mean a fully recovered person getting infected with a freshly introduced virus,” Harsh Vardhan said.

Some hospitals in the national capital in August reported they were seeing recovered coronavirus patients returning to them with recurrence of the infection.

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