New Delhi: On International Harry Potter Day, marked annually on May 2, the Delhi police department took it to the micro-blogging site Twitter and shared a meme featuring characters from J K Rowling’s fantasy series in order to urge people to follow COVID-19 protocols. The meme shared by the Delhi Police department featured a conversation between two vital characters of the series, Professor Albus Dumbledore and Professor Severus Snape.
In the meme, Snape looked nervous as he said, “Headmaster, I’m afraid COVID-19 has returned, time to mask up”. To which Professor Dumbledore asks him, “Are you serious?” In response to this, Snape quips, “No’ I’m Severus”. Interestingly, ‘Severus’ means ‘serious’.
The post was captioned with a plea to follow COVID appropriate behaviour amid a rise in the cases of COVID-19 in the national capital, Delhi. It called to work together to keep Delhi safe from SARS-CoV-2. The caption read, “There is a surge in #COVID19 cases. Delhi Police urges everyone to mask up, maintain social distancing & avoid crowds. Let’s work together to keep Delhi safe and win this battle just like #HarryPotter defeated Voldemort. Happy #HarryPotterDay!”
Take a look at the post:
There is a surge in #COVID19 cases.
Delhi Police urges everyone to mask up, maintain social distancing & avoid crowds. Let’s work together to keep Delhi safe and win this battle just like #HarryPotter defeated Voldemort.
— Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) May 2, 2022
Of late, Delhi has been reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases, resulting in rising fears of the fourth wave in the country. Since April 21, Delhi has been reporting over 1,000 fresh cases every day. The R-value which indicates the spread of the infection currently stands at 1.25 implying that every infected person can pass on the infection to more than one person and they can further multiply the chain.
Earlier in April, Delhi had relaxed the mandate on wearing face masks by removing the fine but after a recent surge in the cases in the national capital, the mask mandate has been brought back along with a fine of Rs. 500 on not wearing masks.
According to health experts, practiSing COVID-19 appropriate behaviour that is masking, handwashing and maintaining social distance is the way to protect oneself from getting the infection. Dr Naresh Trehan, Chairman and Managing Director, Medanta says,
Mask up, most definitely if you are going out in any crowded space. Wear a mask, practise social distancing, and all eligible population should take the booster dose.
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