While the whole country is struggling with the Coronavirus pandemic, it is heartbreaking how some people are still flouting the social distancing guidelines. And as a result, they are putting more people at risk of such deadly disease.
Recently, on July 17th, a wedding ceremony was held at Chengala panchayat of Kerala’s Kasargod district. What is disheartening is how 43 people, including the bride and groom, have tested positive for Coronavirus.
In order to mitigate any further damage, the Kasaragod District Collector Dr. Sajith Babu has asked all the people who attended the wedding to go into quarantine. He further directed the police to file a case according to the Kerala Epidemic Diseases Act. As per the act, the action could amount to a punishment of two years imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine.
The Collector has also asked people to avoid holding functions where people tend to gather in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 cases.
As per Deputy DMO Dr. Manoj , all the affected people are undergoing treatment under various centers. He also added:
“It looks like more than 50 people were there, but we think that all persons were not present together at a time since there are regulations that not more than 50 people should be present at weddings at a time.”
The authorities are also not exactly clear about who was the source of infection.
“Though that is not clear, it should be someone from the family where the wedding was held since these many people who visited have contracted the disease. Almost all the 43 people who have got the disease are relatives of the families.”
With the increasing Coronavirus cases, the situation looks extremely grim. We are already the third worst-hit country after the US and Brazil. It is disappointing how many are still not understanding the gravity of the situation.
What many people fail to understand that holding events during this time is no less than putting your loved one at a huge risk.