After sustaining the lockdown with diligence, the residents of Udaipur are seemingly not treating the unlock relief with care.
The numbers at Udaipur are growing exponentially over the last 6 days and the COVID unlock theme doesn't seem to have gone down the residents in the desired manner. These concerns were raised by Udaipur CMHO Dr Dinesh Kharadi when he interacted with the media today.
Dr Dinesh Kharadi said that though the disease need not be feared, but there should be immense concern about it. Social distancing norms are not being adhered to, as a a large number of cases are resulting due to this factor, rather than anything else.
With the initial COVID blast in the first week of May, the number grew to an extent that Udaipur moved quickly from green to red zone and stayed there for some time. However, during the first phase of COVID Unlock, between 1-30 June, where restrictions were eased and the fear factor still remained in people, the number of cases came down to an average of 5 per day (151 new cases were recorded between 1-30 June). Of these 80 were migrants.
Now, with the restrictions being eased further (from July 1) and home quarantine as well as migrant influz increasing, the cases have gone up significantly.
The cases related to offices, markets, shops, and malls. Large gathering of people in tourist spots is another big reason for the growth in number of cases. Restrictions have been given for mass gatherings, but there have been cases when the number of attendees in funerals and marriages has exceeded the permissible number. This could be a result of the diminishing concern of the disease.
Dr Dinesh Kharadi representing the healthcare fraternity has requested diligence from the residents of Udaipur. Maintaining social distancing norms and not gathering at public spots, restaurants, etc will go a long way in controlling COVID in Udaipur.