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BIG STORY                                                                    APRIL 02, 2021  |    The Indian Eye                          4

           covid-19 : second wave


                                       & severe

           eight states show a steep rise in the covid daily new cases as pandemic fatigue

          sets in india. Top government officials and experts warn against any laxity against

                                   the virus, but the country is not in the mood to listen

        Our Bureau
        New Delhi/Mumbai

             ust a few weeks ago, In-
             dia almost declared a vic-
        Jtory against coronavirus.
        It was a bit too early – and
        too premature. The virus has
        not gone anywhere. It is still
        circulating and even gaining
        strength. India reported 81,466
        new COVID-19 cases and 469
        coronavirus related deaths on
        Friday. With these addition-
        al cases, the total number of
        Covid-19 cases in the country
        reached 1,23,03,131. With 469
        new deaths, the death toll in
        India has gone up to 1,63,396.
        There are 6,14,696 active cases
        in the nation as of now.
            It is not a good situation
        at all, despite a good vaccina-
        tion drive across the country.
        According to the Ministry of
        Health and Family Welfare, a
        total of 6,87,89,138 people have
        been vaccinated across the
        country  till  now.  From  Thurs-       A health worker collects a swab sample of a man for the COVID-19 test amid the rise in cases, at New Delhi
        day, the government started                                           railway station in New Delhi on Friday (ANI)
        vaccinating all people above 45
        years. India started its vaccina- specific comorbidities.                (UTs) were showing a surge in        ing daily COVID-19 cases and
        tion drive on January 16 with           But now there are big warn- daily cases and they have not             deaths. The situation was par-
        priority given to all healthcare  ing signs.                             shown commensurate increase          ticularly “worrying” in Maha-
        and frontline workers in the            Cabinet Secretary Rajiv  in enforcement of containment                rashtra. The high-level review
        first  phase.  The  second  phase  Gauba on Friday chaired a  activities.                                     meeting was attended by Chief
        started on March 1 where dos- meeting on the COVID-19 sit-                   These states and union ter-      Secretaries, DG Police and
        es were administered to people  uation in the country in which  ritories have been categorised                Health Secretaries of all states/
        above the age of 60 and those  it was pointed out that eleven  as “states of grave concern” on                UTs, with a focus on 11 states/
        between 45 and 59 years with  states and Union Territories  account of their high and ris-                       Continued on next page... >>

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