Maha Govt Asks People To Avoid Crackers During Diwali, Issues SOP

Mumbai: Maharashtra government has issued Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on preventive measures to contain COVID-19 spread during Diwali celebrations and has asked citizens to avoid bursting crackers to curb noise and air pollution.

The Mumbai civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation announced that it would ban burning of firecrackers or the burning of all firecrackers in public places during the Diwali festival.

Additional Municipal Commissioner Suresh Kakani had said that any violators would be punished and SOPs in this regard would be issued soon. The ban has been proposed in view of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic and early winter.

An official said that bursting crackers would release too much smoke and other pollutants that would adversely affect the health of Kovid-19 patients and increase the risk of infection in other high-risk categories such as children or senior citizens.

Currently, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases and deaths due to contagion with maximum active patients in Pune, Thane, Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur, Chandrapur, Raigad, and Satara. The state has recorded 16,98,198 infections and 44,548 deaths since the first case on March 9.

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