Mumbai: The Government of Odisha has banned the sale and use of firecrackers from November 10 to 30 across the state in view of the impact on COVID-19 patients.
The Special Relief Commissioner of Odisha urged people to celebrate Diwali with earthen lamps and candles. In Rajasthan, firecrackers have also been banned this year in view of the pandemic.
Fireworks release abundant amounts of toxic gases such as nitrous oxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon monoxide, which negatively affect respiratory health, especially the elderly, children, and vulnerable groups with comorbidity.
The practice may make an extra push for the concentration of suspended particulate matter in the air, especially during the coming winter, thereby affecting respiration again.
Any such deterioration of air quality may have a similar effect on human health to create conditions conducive to a viral resurgence.
The government hopes to stop its fight against alcohol, this year people will celebrate a more environmentally friendly Diwali by saying no to firecrackers.
Meanwhile, the covid-19 active caseload in the state has further crashed down below fourteen thousand, as of now.
(With Agency Inputs)