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Covid-19 casts shadow over firecrackers in Karnataka this Diwali

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Karnataka has decided to ban the fireworks this Diwali, said Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday. The announcement was made taking into consideration the bad impact of firecrackers on the health of those who have already been infected with Covid-19.

The order regarding the ban will be issued soon, said Yediyurappa. The decision has been made regarding the concern over air quality in winter and the coronavirus pandemic.

The move comes less than a week after states such as Orissa, Rajasthan and Delhi also banned the fireworks this Diwali, because of the same concerns over air quality. 

The smoke from crackers can impact the health of people as well as of Covid-19 patients. After discussing the pros and cons of banning firecrackers with the expert committee, the recommendations of ban had been made, said Karnataka Health minister K Sudhakar on Thursday after he held a meeting with the state’s coronavirus expert committee and technical advisory committee.

So far, the state has over 3,100 Covid-19 cases, and the death toll reached 31, as reported on Thursday. The total cases as of now is 8.38lakh, while total fatalities recorded in the state is 11,281.

In other states like Maharashtra, the government has not yet banned the firecrackers, though it has urged the people to avoid bursting it this Diwali. It has also encouraged people to instead light lamps on a big scale to celebrate the festival of light.

The Haryana government has partially restricted the bursting of firecrackers, while making its  possession and sale illegal. 

Meanwhile, The National Green Tribunal (NGT) in its aim to protect the vulnerable groups from fireworks -pollution, has considered prohibiting the fireworks use in more states. More than fifteen states including territories have been asked to respond on same issue.

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