As festivals draw large crowds, experts worry that complacency could lead to an increase in the number of cases

As festivals draw large crowds, experts worry that complacency could lead to an increase in the number of cases » Meroshare

As the festive season is just round the corner, with Ghatasthapana, the first day of Dashain, five days away, Kathmandu and other cities are seeing an increased mobility of people. Almost everything has reopened since September 1 and people are in a festive mood. With a steady decline in Covid-19 cases of late, complacency seems to have taken hold. Authorities have cautioned people to strictly follow health protocols, but there is a lack of implementation. Public health experts say increased mobility and festive gatherings could lead to a sudden spike in coronavirus cases. And the major culprit can be the Delta variant.

The Health Ministry has already warned people of the presence of the Delta variant circulating in society. Though there has not been any genome sequencing on new samples of late, of the 42 swab samples of the infected people, collected between mid-August and September, the Delta variant was detected in 41.

Reuters reported on Friday that unvaccinated people were particularly exposed to the Delta variant. Worldwide deaths related to Covid-19 have surpassed 5 million, according to Reuters. “More than half of all


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