Big crowds witnessed on first day of the Lockdown Phase III in different parts of the state.
The surging crowds witnessed in the different markets on Monday after the administration granted many relaxations from the restrictions in the lockdown have unnerved the authorities. The health experts are unanimous in the view that the people should refrain from venturing out unless it is very important. They are of the view that the sudden increase in the outward movement of people would have increased the chances of spreading the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the population. The deputy medical superintendent (MS) of the Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital Dr N S Khatri said that since most of the cases of the disease are asymptomatic ( shows no symptoms), the chances of spread of the disease are very high.
“An asymptomatic person shows no or very mild symptoms of the disease due which he is more likely to spread the virus in the population. It is unfortunate that people are not following social distancing norms in the public places which can result in a spike in the number of cases,’’ he said. It is worth mentioning here that the spread of the COVID-19 in Uttarakhand has so far been less than many other parts of the country. The first case of the disease was reported on March 15 in the state when a trainee officer of Indian Forest Services (IFS) was found positive. In last fifty days the number of the patients in the state has increased to 60. The state has 20 active cases of the disease which are concentrated in the plain areas of the state. The nine mountainous districts of the state have remained free from the disease. Unfortunately large crowds were witnessed on Monday in the plain districts of Dehradun, Haridwar, Udham Singh Nagar and Nainital which are more affected by the disease. Long serpentine queues and huge crowds were seen outside the liquor shops on the day.
Tuesday, 05 May 2020 | PNS | Dehradun
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