South Asians must exercise restraint to help in fight against spread of COVID-19

JUST take a look at these figures for new COVID-19 cases in B.C. (most of them are in the Fraser Health region that includes Surrey):

* Monday: 352+389+379 new COVID-19 cases since Friday in B.C.; 6 new deaths

* Tuesday: 299 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; 3 more deaths

* Wednesday: 335 new cases of COVID-19 in B.C.; 1 more death

* Thursday: 425 new COVID-19 cases in B.C.; no new death

With Diwali around the corner, it is everyone’s duty to ensure that they follow the restrictions on gatherings even in your own homes to protect yourself and your loved ones. You CAN’T hide from or dodge the virus no matter how smart or strong you think you are if you don’t take the precautions recommended by our health authorities.

Unfortunately, some members of the community have been behaving in a manner that has been bringing shame on all of us. This behaviour must end.

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Please remember that no matter how rich or well-connected you are, no matter how healthy and strong you are, no matter how intelligent you are, no matter how religious you are, you are dealing with a virus that experts say is very dangerous – it is NOT “just another flu virus”!

Unfortunately, there are some IDIOTS who are downplaying the seriousness of the situation and behaving like MORONS. The harm they have caused and continue to cause is a shame.

Fraser Health says: “New COVID-19 cases in our region are mostly linked to households, weddings and social gatherings. Even small gatherings are risky right now.”

It adds: “To keep our communities safe, local businesses open and our children in school, we are asking the public to minimize private gatherings and forgo parties.”

It goes on to advise: “It may be tempting to have a party but please don’t. Follow Public Health Guidelines and stay home with your household.

“Instead, find small and safe ways to celebrate important moments with your household contacts. For those outside our households, use virtual options.

“Even small gatherings can be risky right now. At this crucial time, we are asking people who reside in the Fraser Health region to take a pause and reconsider our social interactions outside of our households.

“Ensure your safe six are always the same six. As much as possible, socialize with people outside of your home such as public outdoor spaces like parks or licensed COVID safe businesses.

“If you need to bring someone into your home, please ensure that they are part of your safe six, the same six – and that you are able to visit in a COVID safe way.

“For parties, events, marking milestones and celebrations please have them at licensed businesses and restaurants. No parties in your private residence.

“Remember to stay home if you feel sick. And wear a mask anytime you are in a public space.

“Please minimize risk for yourself and those we care for. We can flatten the curve, together.”

So, let’s ALL OF US do our part in this war against COVID-19 that threatens the whole human race all around the world.