Coronavirus Outbreak: Majority of Guwahatians to Avoid Playing Holi
GUWAHATI: Amidst the current Coronavirus outbreak, a majority of Guwahatians have decided to stay away from large Holi celebrations and gatherings. A total of 42 people have tested positive for the disease across India till now.
G Plus recently conducted a poll on its social channels and asked its readers if they plan on celebrating Holi with colours this time. A total of 3100 people took part in the poll and a majority (72 per cent) of them said that they will not be attending large gatherings while 28 per cent said that they will be playing Holi.
A few respondents said that people should stay away from colours this time since they feel that they are imported from China.
“Nobody should play because the colours are usually cheap and imported from China I guess,” remarked Neha Jain, a resident of Guwahati.
On the other hand, a few students commented that they will not be playing Holi because of the ongoing examinations.
Another respondent said, “It is better to be safe than sorry and I along with my family are taking precautions this year due to coronavirus. We will not be celebrating in huge gatherings and crowded places and will have a small celebration in our home with close friends and family members.”
On the other hand, however, Sushma Dey, a resident of Chandmari said that even though it is important to take measures to protect oneself, children are most excited to play Holi. “Since the festival comes once a year, my daughter is looking forward to it. But we will definitely take precautions.”
Recently, a 76-year-old American tourist tested positive for coronavirus in Bhutan who travelled via Assam. A total of 400 people who came in close contact with him have been quarantined since then.
Taking to the Twitter handle Assam State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Tweeted, "State Health Dept has traced more than 400 contacts in different places including MV Mahabahu (cruise ship) and resorts where he stayed. Teams of doctors and microbiologists have been keeping a close watch on these people who have been quarantined."