With a high rate of COVID-19 infection plaguing Mumbai yet again, Mumbai's Mayor has warned that the start of the anticipated 'third wave' is "already here". On Tuesday, the city recorded 349 fresh cases and 2 fatalities, raising health concerns as the city moves closer to the celebrations of the Ganesh Utsav. Thus, the Mayor on Tuesday, urged the people to follow 'Mera Ghar, Mera Bappa' (My House, My lord Ganesh) mantra and celebrate the festival within the safety of their homes.
Strict protocols to curbs the rise of pandemic
Ahead of the Ganesh Chaturthi festive celebration, the BMC has launched cautionary guidelines to curb a COVID-19 spike, which may develop into a full-fledged infection wave. The civic administration is also encouraging people to conduct isolated celebrations, to limit the rise of coronavirus due to increased movement and breach of safety protocols.
The Mayor has launched the novel ' Mera Ghar, Mera Bappa' programme and asked people to stay indoors and not hold large gatherings during the 10-day festivities of the Ganesh Utsav, starting on September 10. Devotees are also advised to follow all norms related to darshan and immersion (visarjan) to prevent the spread of the virus.
Parallelly, the state has upgraded its medical infrastructure to combat any infection surge. People are expected to adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and wear a mask in public places.