India News: Covid-19 Second Wave – As India is witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases back again in the country, possibly a second wave the government said on Tuesday, that the situation is currently going from bad to worse rapidly. The Central government has urged respective health departments of states to keep an eye on the situation and to speed up the vaccination programs in the states.
The Centre has urged government to ensure 100% coverage of vaccination as the third phase of vaccination to cover those above 45-years of age will begin from April 1st. In a meeting held on Saturday the center informed that 90% ofCOVID-19 related deaths occurs between those aged 45-60.
Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan informed in a letter to the states to prioritize vaccinating those above 45-years and above. Currently, only 46 districts in India report nearly 70% of all COVID-19 positive cases. States like Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu contribute to78.56% of cases in India.
Dr V.K Paul member of the NITI Aayog and head of the COVID task force says “No state and no part of the county should be complacent. Trends show that the virus is still very active and can penetrate our defences. When we think we have controlled it, it strikes back. There is a concern we should all be mindful of,”
The case of Maharashtra is currently very alarming as it has a positivity rate of 23.44% against the national average of only 5.65%. While in February beginning Maharashtra was reporting only 3,051 cases, by the end of March more than 30,000+ cases were reported and with a death count of more than 100.
On the other hand, Punjab which was reporting around 200 cases on February now reported 2,742 cases by March 24 with a positivity rate of 8.84%.
According the centre, currently five states have the highest number of positivity rate, Maharashtra – 23.44%, Punjab – 8.82%, Chhattisgarh – 8.24%, Madhya Pradesh – 7.82% and Tamil Nadu – 2.50%. Dr. V.K Paul very importantly pointed out that new cases have went up from 9,000 to 68,000 now and from 77 deaths, India is reporting four times the number of deaths now.
“We have taken pride as a nation that the case fatality rate is low…but from 77 deaths per day, we are now witnessing four times that number in the last couple of days. Without effective contact tracing, without quarantining contacts, and, without creating zones of containment wherever a cluster of cases appear, we allow the chains of transmission to be active,” Says V.K Paul.