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Bengal sees steep rise in Covid cases after Durga Puja, health official blames lack of adherence to protocols West Bengal | Covid cases
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Bengal sees steep rise in Covid cases after Durga Puja, health official blames lack of adherence to protocols

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Oct 2021, 11:14 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: The Covid-19 cases in West Bengal are on rise ever since the Durga Puja festivities ended, forcing safe houses and quarantine centres in the city to be reopened Monday onwards.

Kolkata happens to be paying the price more with 242 new Covid infections being recorded on Friday.

Last Friday, the total number of cases in Kolkata was 127. Of the newly infected ones, as good as 150 were fully vaccinated while 15 had their first dose.

The health officials are attributing the spike to lack of Covid appropriate behaviour followed by people during Durga Puja festivities.

"All health department workers' leaves were cancelled after we saw large numbers of people out on the streets to enjoy Durga Puja. Many of them did not wear masks. We are watching the situation as the incubation period of their infection is not over yet," Atin Ghosh, the Health in charge of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, told the media.

Not just Kolkata, cases are rising across Bengal, which have gone up from 451 to 833 in seven days.

Dr Raja Dhar of CMRI hospital in Kolkata told NDTV channel that the numbers will further rise over the next week or so and what hospitals should look out for is the severity of the infection.