Holi Amid The Pandemic: UP Government Issues Guidelines Ahead Of Holi, Urges Citizens To Follow COVID-19 Norms

Holi Amid The Pandemic: UP Government Issues Guidelines Ahead Of Holi, Urges Citizens To Follow COVID-19 Norms

According to an official from Home Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh, the pandemic is far from over and fear around it still exist especially since the number of cases are rising in the state. He added that negligence during Holi celebrations could increase the transmission
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Holi Amid The Pandemic: UP Government Issues Guidelines Ahead Of Holi, Urges Citizens To Follow COVID-19 NormsAmid the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases, taking note of the complacency among people during pre-Holi festivities, the Government of Uttar Pradesh has issued a set of guidelines
Highlights
  • No processions to be carried out without prior permission: UP Government
  • People returning for Holi from states with high COVID cases must be tested
  • People with co-morbidities should not participate in public celebrations

New Delhi: Prompted by the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the state and the risk of another wave of infections, Uttar Pradesh government on Tuesday (March 23) issued a new set of guidelines ahead of the Holi festival. The advisory was issued after it was observed that people were becoming complacent and flouting the COVID-19 appropriate norms during the pre-Holi festivities, said a senior official of the Home Department, Government of Uttar Pradesh. In a report from the news agency ANI, thousands of people gathered and huddled together at the Shri Radha Rani temple in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura celebrating ‘Laddu maar Holi’ on March 22 violating the COVID-19 norms. Most of the people participating in the celebration were without a face mask. While the official from the Home Department refused to comment on the event, he said that the state government has taken a note of it and is reviewing the situation.

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While talking to NDTV, the official said that implementing all possible measures to stop the transmission is the only way to safeguard people from catching the infection. He said,

The pandemic is far from over. Doctors and the government are continuously telling people to remain vigilant and act wisely. But people are still becoming negligent. The surge in UP may not be as high as in the other states but the numbers are rising, and large gatherings do pose the risk of spreading the virus. This is why the state government has issued an advisory. I urge the citizens to follow this advisory. Holi is the festival that symbolises the triumph of the good over evil. Taking inspiration from the message of Holi, we must strive to defeat the coronavirus.

According to the guidelines issued by the state government, any public functions or processions cannot be organized without prior permission. The official said that the organisers must take due permission from the district administration for this. Even after obtaining permission, the organizers will have to follow safety protocols like maintaining physical distancing, ensuring that people wear face masks and use hand sanitisers frequently among other preventive measures, as per the guidelines.

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The guidelines state that people above 60 years, children below 10 years and those having comorbidities (the underlying conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney or heart ailments), have been advised to remain indoors during the festival.

When at public places, people are required to wear a face mask and follow social distancing to avoid transmission of the virus.

Those coming from states that have a high virus load will have to undergo COVID test, says the guidelines. It further said,

Dedicated COVID hospitals will continue to remain operational in every district and tracking, testing and treatment will be aggressively pursued.

COVID-19 help desks will be revived and equipped with infrared thermometer and pulse oximeter to monitor symptoms among people, the guidelines say. Contact tracing to be done at a higher pace so that all contacts of anybody who tests positive during festivals can be tracked within 48 hours.

The guidelines issued by the state government also said that all classes from 1 to 8 standards with remain suspended from March 24 to 31 for Holi. All other educational institutions, including schools between Classes 9 and 12, and higher education institutions where examinations are not scheduled, will be closed from March 25 to 31. All examinations of classes 1 to 8 scheduled between March 24 and 31, therefore, have also been postponed.

The official highlighted that people will be urged through the public address system and media to continue following safety protocols. The state government has formed teams of officials and volunteers to ensure the implementation of the guidelines. Apart from this, flouting the guidelines will slap the violators with fines starting from Rs. 500 under the Epidemic Diseases Act 2020, said the official.

The state of Uttar Pradesh currently has over 4,000 (4,388) active coronavirus cases, as per the Union Health Ministry. Over 8,000 (8,769) people have lost their lives due to the pandemic in the state, while over 5.9 lakh (5,96,286) have recovered from the disease.

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World

19,59,54,660Cases
6,30,45,359Active
12,87,22,004Recovered
41,87,297Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 194 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 19,59,54,660 and 41,87,297 have died; 6,30,45,359 are active cases and 12,87,22,004 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

3,15,28,114 43,509Cases
4,03,840 4,404Active
3,07,01,612 38,465Recovered
4,22,662 640Deaths
In India, there are 3,15,28,114 confirmed cases including 4,22,662 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,03,840 and 3,07,01,612 have recovered as on July 29, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

62,82,914 6,857

85,913 466

60,64,856 6,105

1,32,145 286

Kerala

33,27,301 22,056

1,50,040 4,164

31,60,804 17,761

16,457 131

Karnataka

28,99,195 1,531

22,592 82

28,40,147 1,430

36,456 19

Tamil Nadu

25,53,805 1,756

21,521 667

24,98,289 2,394

33,995 29

Andhra Pradesh

19,59,942 2,010

20,999 34

19,25,631 1,956

13,312 20

Uttar Pradesh

17,08,313 87

768 30

16,84,790 116

22,755 1

West Bengal

15,25,773 815

11,370 10

14,96,294 811

18,109 14

Delhi

14,36,093 67

573 3

14,10,471 61

25,049 3

Chhattisgarh

10,01,651 164

2,226 164

9,85,905 327

13,520 1

Odisha

9,72,517 1,703

15,765 65

9,51,049 1,699

5,703 69

Rajasthan

9,53,605 30

268 10

9,44,384 40

8,953

Gujarat

8,24,802 28

274 11

8,14,452 39

10,076

Madhya Pradesh

7,91,778 11

130 8

7,81,135 18

10,513 1

Haryana

7,69,828 32

702 1

7,59,499 28

9,627 3

Bihar

7,24,673 76

480 4

7,14,554 80

9,639

Telangana

6,43,093 657

9,314 77

6,29,986 578

3,793 2

Punjab

5,98,947 65

559 24

5,82,102 84

16,286 5

Assam

5,62,731 1,276

14,499 536

5,43,031 1,791

5,201 21

Jharkhand

3,47,049 27

237 10

3,41,686 36

5,126 1

Uttarakhand

3,41,934 60

672 13

3,33,901 47

7,361

Jammu And Kashmir

3,21,026 160

1,139 15

3,15,511 144

4,376 1

Himachal Pradesh

2,05,499 116

953 30

2,01,026 84

3,520 2

Goa

1,70,810 81

1,082 48

1,66,586 127

3,142 2

Puducherry

1,20,627 97

923 0

1,17,912 96

1,792 1

Manipur

95,824 1,003

10,922 120

83,392 871

1,510 12

Tripura

77,788 376

3,861 107

73,177 267

750 2

Meghalaya

63,014 541

5,456 124

56,510 409

1,048 8

Chandigarh

61,943 5

36 1

61,098 6

809

Arunachal Pradesh

47,142 342

4,301 14

42,617 325

224 3

Mizoram

36,407 1,110

11,610 686

24,657 424

140

Nagaland

27,586 114

1,350 34

25,684 78

552 2

Sikkim

25,856 240

3,117 42

22,406 198

333

Ladakh

20,320 6

64 6

20,049 12

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,642 3

41 3

10,597 6

4

Lakshadweep

10,155 6

76 6

10,029 11

50 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,531 1

7 5

7,395 6

129

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