Covid: Government of Bengal announces new precautions to curb a possible third wave

The Bengal government on Sunday announced new precautions to contain a possible third wave of Covid-19 in the state, following a spike in new cases in several districts.

Sources said the updated precautions would include the application of micro-containment zones “with strict vigilance” and the relaunch of “a massive awareness campaign”.

“Crowds are flouting Covid protocols, perhaps emboldened by partial vaccination, and inviting a possible third wave,” a Nabanna official said.

Districts like South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly, Howrah and East Midnapore, with the exception of metropolitan areas in Calcutta, have reportedly again raised concerns due to the recent increase, although the total number of cases positive in the state has declined. .

Sources from Nabanna and the health department insisted on distributing and wearing face masks. “Contact tracing and awareness campaigns at the doorstep of basic health workers will continue,” added an official from the state health department.

The state government has announced particular vigilance at river jetties and tourist sites, and local market hours will be observed. Separate control rooms at the sub-division level and at the district headquarters in Alipore will monitor the overall situation 24/7, added a district official.

A senior official in the state’s health department said there was no room for risks at this point. “We have to try to contain the wave as soon as possible,” he said, adding that micro-containment zones, awareness campaigns and a positive mask culture are steps towards that.

“We have started micro-containment zones at South 24-Parganas, which topped the positive case table on Saturday with 89 cases,” the official added.

The administration of South 24-Parganas announced on Sunday 56 micro-containment zones, mainly in Maheshtala, Bishnupur, Bhangar, Rajpur-Sonarpur, Narendrapur, Canning, Gosaba, Kakdwip, Sagar, Namkhana, Patharpratima, among others.

District Magistrate P. Ulaganathan said: “There were a few micro-containment areas, to which we added areas from which new cases were found, for example Gosaba and Bishnupur-II. “

The aim of creating micro-containment zones is to disrupt public life and economic activities as little as possible, while containing the Covid-19 epidemic, an official in the South 24 district administration explained. Parganas.

Sources said many health officials recently attributed a decrease in contact tracing as the reason for the recent spike. “We have told health officials to avoid complacency regarding contact tracing as it could become fatal,” said a health official.

The South 24-Parganas District Administration has announced plans to vaccinate the entire population of Sagar Island ahead of the Ganga Sagar pilgrimage scheduled for January next year. “Our goal is to ensure two jabs for everyone on the island, especially those associated with the fair,” said BDO Sudipta Mondal.

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