Indore heads towards another Corona peak – Times of India
INDORE: The district is heading towards another peak, which will be a prolonged one, after a plateau of about a month, say experts. They attributed the surge in Covid-19 cases to election rallies, festive gatherings in markets.
Indore has been reporting an increase in daily positive cases since November 4 and in the last three days the cases have surged to 313 on Thursday from 178 on November 16.
“The sudden and sharp rise in daily infections was expected after huge political rallies during campaigning for bypolls,” said Dr Rajshekhar Wavare, community medicine expert. The surge in cases at the moment is because of those rallies as the incubation period of virus is around 15 days. The effect of Navratri has also started to appear but it will take another 15-20 days for Diwali impact to be seen, said Dr Wavare. The situation is expected to remain same till December-end because of the decline in temperature in winter. So, this time the period of peak will remain a little longer than the earlier one, said Dr Wavare.
“At present, we are in post-festival period and the surge in cases of Covid-19 has been anticipated due to huge gatherings,” said MGM’s community medicine HoD Dr Salil Sakalle.
The situation will last till December 15 because the effect will appear till that period, said Dr Sakalle.
On what steps district administration should take to curb the spread, Dr Wavare suggests, “The administration should try something like night curfew or on weekends along will banning huge gatherings like marriage functions and other public occasions.”
Dr Sakalle said, “Definitely, there should be some restrictions at least for marriage gatherings, religious places and some market places because June remained a magical month for district with very low positivity rate of around 2% and least number of cases amidst pandemic.”
On precautionary measures to tackle the virus spread, Dr Sakalle said, “Masks, social distancing, frequent sanitization of hand and immediate reporting to doctor in case of symptoms are the steps that should be taken to prevent virus spread”