We all know that the second wave of covid is here! Every day we are observing hundreds of coronavirus cases. Amid the spike in cases, rallies for elections in West Bengal are happening with no social distancing and masks. According to the experts, these election campaigns and rallies are making this coronavirus situation worst all over the country.
If these campaigns and rallies are going to hold like this, then West Bengal may face almost 3000 covid cases per day at the end of the election season.
In February, when the central election commission announced the Bengal elections date, the recorded cases were less. After the months of intense rallies and campaigns, these cases have increased. An internal survey conducted by the state’s health department depicted that there are 19 districts that are showing a steady increase in the cases. Kolkata’s case rate has risen to 3.04% from 2.9% during this reporting period. West Bengal now has almost 3000+ active cases with 89,92,906 samples that have been tested so far.
India is again seeing a high rise in the covid cases. These cases are giving sleepless nights to health experts. In West Bengal, the positivity rate gets increased four times in March end as compared to late February. This daily rise in the ratio is a sign of the rapid spread of this virus.
In August 2020, the election commission introduced the new protocols for election campaigns. Now, the guidelines are of no use, people are attending the rallies as if covid has gone. The public rallies are having thousands of people while according to the norms, political parties are not allowed to have more than a few hundred of people. The ordinary people, the leaders, or even some of the police present in the campaigns are not following any coronavirus norms.
Experts are worried that this situation of West Bengal can cause a lot of damage to the entire country. Already, cases are spiking and such rallies are playing a big role in this.
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