Sale, Use of Firecrackers Banned in Odisha from November 10-30

The Odisha government has banned the sale and use of firecrackers from November 10 to 30 keeping in mind its adverse effects and potential complications that may arise during this COVID-19 pandemic.

“In some parts of our country and in the world, where COVID-19 appropriate behaviours have not been strictly adhered to, the resurgence of Covid-19 infection has been witnessed. A number of countries across the world have been compelled to reimpose the lockdowns and other extreme measures to contain the resurgence and further spread of the disease. The international experience shows that the coming winter season may see the further spread of the pandemic,” the Odisha government said.

“It is generally observed that elderly persons, children, persons with comorbidities and others develop respiratory problems during winter. Further, air pollution, a higher concentration of Suspended Particulate Matter (SPM) in the air aggravates respiratory problems,” it added.

The state government went on to highlight the respiratory risk that firecrackers pose. ”It is a well-known fact that burning firecrackers releases copious amounts of harmful chemicals like nitrous oxide, sulphur dioxide, carbon monoxide, etc, which have a severe impact on the respiratory health of vulnerable groups. Such pollutants can further aggravate the health conditions of Covid-19 positive persons besides persons staying in home isolation,” it said.

It also added that Deepavali, the festival of lights, may be celebrated in the traditional way by lighting earthen lamps, candles and other traditional lighting materials.

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