The COVID-19 Second Wave Yet To Conclude—Government Of India!
More on the positive side is the fact that the target of vaccinating 10 million (1 Crore) per day, set by the Government from the month of July 2021, has finally been reached twice in the last seven days with 10.09 million citizens vaccinated the day before yesterday. The country has received congratulatory messages from the World Health Organization and other countries for this achievement. This is indeed a healthy indication for the future if this is maintained consistently added to it the hope of vaccinating children above the age of 12 possibly from this month. States with positivity rates of less than 5% are actively considering reopening of schools as three states including Rajasthan and Delhi already implementing the decision—the strictest of guidelines and protocols being enforced.
Amid the fears of a Third Wave hitting the country any moment, a few days earlier the COVID-19 experts’ panel of the Government of India itself having sounded the warnings, the daily new cases of infections in the country have been fluctuating in the range of 25,000 to the 40ties, mostly thanks to rise and fall of cases in the state of Kerala in the range of 10,000 to 30ties per day (32,803 new cases in the last 24 hours). As of today, Kerala is accounting for 69% of the country’s daily new cases. Fluctuations have also been seen in Maharashtra, though to a lesser extent, and in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Mizoram, and along with these states a few others have been showing a rising trend of new cases on a weekly basis. In the states of Odisha, West Bengal and Assam the new cases have been consistently above 500 per day for the past one month. There have been 509 deaths in the last 24 hours after the daily fatalities being reduced to around 300 in the last few days. With the Government now saying that the Second Wave is not yet over the uncertainty about the Third Wave increases further, giving much more food for thought as far as the Endemic Theory, discussed in an earlier piece, is concerned. The thing of utmost importance is that the citizens must not lose patience and continue strictly with the norms prescribed.