New Delhi: Amid the ongoing third wave of COVID-19 and the rising cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, Padma Shree awardee sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik created a sand art at Odisha’s Puri beach to emphasize the importance of following proper guidelines and getting vaccinated at this time.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) January 7, 2022
“Please follow COVID-19 protocol,” said the text over the sand art. It showed a family wearing masks. Below that was a COVID-19 vaccine and the message “Take your vaccine”.
While talking to NDTV, Mr Pattnaik raised concerns about the complacent behaviour of the people. He said that he observes people wearing masks incorrectly, thus exposing themselves to the risk of contracting the contagious virus. He said,
It is so unfortunate that even after two years of the pandemic, most of us are still not taking Covid protocols seriously. We have still not understood how to wear a mask properly. People think that they have taken the vaccine and so they can roam about freely without any precautions. But all scientists, medical bodies and governments have been constantly warning us that the pandemic is still not over and we cannot afford to become complacent. Through my sculpture, I want to remind people to wear masks the correct way and ensure that people around them also use good mask to protect themselves. It is important that we take both doses of vaccine and see to it that all eligible people in our families and friend circle are vaccinated too. Our health workers and researchers have done a great job on vaccination. I want to thank them all. It is now our responsibility to follow the Covid protocols.
This is not the first time that Mr Pattnaik has used his art to raise awareness about the global pandemic. On Christmas last year, he created a 50 feet long and 28 feet wide sand sculpture of Santa Claus on Puri beach using 5,400 roses and wrote the message “Enjoy your Christmas with Covid guidelines”.
— Sudarsan Pattnaik (@sudarsansand) December 24, 2021
In India, the single-day rise in coronavirus infections was recorded above one lakh after 214 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to over 3.5 lakh (3,52,26,386) which includes 3,007 cases of Omicron reported across 27 states and Union Territories, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) data updated on Friday (December 7).
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