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About Failure To Take Covid Threat Seriously

Even after a year of its overwhelming global presence, people have failed to take the threat of COVID-19 seriously. Presumably, in the wake of the ‘pandemic fatigue’ that has set in, precautions taken by people have also slackened visibly. In the backdrop of the rising cases if the police and government officials in the state have to penalise people flouting COVID protocols even today, it speaks for the defiance that has by and large epitomised public perception towards the pandemic. It is extremely difficult to understand as to how people could be biased to ignore the risks of the pandemic! We are not ready to accept the fact that we are in a hopeless situation where an invisible microbe has turned our world topsy-turvy. Attributing the daily spike in figures of infections to the overzealousness of an obsessional media that has nothing but the juggernaut of the coronavirus to report about, people continue to feel that it is more of a hype that anything else. But the fact is that the killer virus is mutating, and the discovery of the newer strains confirms that the fight against the tormentor-in-chief is far from over. As a predator that can camouflage and strike at will, the virus continues to baffle scientists. No sooner we let our guards down, mishaps are waiting to occur. But people don’t seem to understand this. If it is the apprehensions of a failing economy that is compelling the government to open up all vistas of business. Can Goa afford such a situation?

Pachu Menon, Margao

On Restrictions For Curbing  COVID Spread

Even as the state government has ruled out a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, it has restricted gatherings at indoor and outdoor venues. Now, halls having a maximum capacity of 100 people will be allowed to accommodate a maximum of 50 people only. Similarly, a gathering in halls that can accommodate more than 100 people, 50 per cent or 100 persons, whichever is lower, will be allowed. For open-air premises and grounds 50 per cent of capacity or a maximum of 200 people, whichever is lower, will be allowed. Restricting the number of people at a function is a good move as it will bring down the probability of the infection being spread. However, a spread of the infection at social events cannot be totally ruled out irrespective of the number of guests present. It takes only one person, who is COVID-19 positive, to spread the infection among others at the gathering. After leaving the party these infected people could be spreading the virus to more people. Those with a temperature higher than normal should be politely told not to enter the hall.

ADELMO FERNANDES, VASCO