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The sudden spike in coronavirus cases comes amid the festive season and rising pollution levels. While Durga Puja celebrations ended on October 25, Diwali was on Saturday and Chhath later this week.
While hardly any crackers are used during Durga Puja the biggest festival in West Bengal - huge amount of crackers are used during the Kali Puja and Diwali every year leading to severe air pollution.
At the hearing of two PILs, the Division Bench of Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Arijit Banerjee said that the guidelines that were in place during Durga Puja to curb crowding will also be in effect during Kali Puja.
Moreover, West Bengal on Thursday had a positivity of 8.8% higher than the 7.9% that it recorded on October 5.
Bihar Congress leaders met Governor Phagu Chauhan today and demanded dismissal of the Nitish Kumar-led government amid the ongoing state assembly polls, holding it responsible for the firing in Munger during a Durga Puja event in which one person was killed.
Kolkata Police had booked at least 2,631 people between October 16 and 20. In the preceding six days, another 787 violators were booked
Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD president Lalu Prasad jailed at the sprawling Kelly bungalow is understood to have decided to sacrifice goats on Navmi, the ninth day of Durga puja apparently to please goddess Durga for electoral and political success of his party and his sons in the Bihar
West Bengal recorded 20,496 Covid-19 cases since October 22 - the first day of the five-day Durga Puja festival - but the rising recovery rate blunted the increase in cases. In the same period, the recovery rate improved from 87.44 per cent to 87.76 per cent.
The incident occured during Durga Puja idol immersion on Monday evening. The moment the people joined hands to immerse the idol in the local river, the entire weight of the boat shifted to one side and it capsized.
New measure have been introduced this time for immersion of Durga idols to keep the Hooghly river and other water bodies in Kolkata clean.
This year, the Durga Puja carnival at Red Road, where big ticket committees showcase their idols before participating in the immersion procession, has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Two health workers clad in PPE are seen attending a Covid patient, in another scene frontline Covid warriors like policemen are seen persuading people on the road to wear masks.