Bihar Elections: Face Masks Take A Backseat For Many Biharis
Despite strict COVID protocols issued to contain the infection rate during the elections, the public is largely strutting around without covering their faces with a protection mask in Bihar
A recent study sponsored by the Indian government revealed that the Coronavirus pandemic is likely to end in India by February 2021 as the country has already been through its worst peak. However, the freedom from COVID19 is also subject to all the safety guidelines being followed stringently by the citizens for the next crucial three months. Bihar, the first state to go into elections in the era of the health crisis, seems to think otherwise.
Many walking on the streets believe that Corona is no longer the feared infection as it was earlier. Rickshaw pullers, street revelers and even policemen are roaming around in crowded places sans their face masks. On being asked about the reason for not wearing the same, some claim that they have it in their pockets. A section of those interviewed also think that the catastrophic calamity is almost over.
Despite the government issuing protocols on compulsory masks, social distancing and sanitization during rallies and public gatherings, the rules have been flouted in many parts of the state.
Bihar has reported 2.19 lakh cases and 1,113 deaths from the virus till date.
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