The Covid cases are rising with every passing day and we cannot take it for granted. Some claim that the spikes are localized and are not a cause for worry. Maharashtra has witnessed a rise of 331 per cent from February 11 when only 2,415 average daily infections were recorded. More than half the national infections reported last week were from the western state. What has experts worried is the fact that while the increase might be confined to some states and its progress slow, the country clocked 23,000 new daily cases on March 12 from 10,000 daily cases. And daily new cases have jumped in several states.

What is of consolation, though, is that there has been no spike yet in the number of daily deaths and India’s death rate remains 1.4 per cent. By contrast, the US, UK, Germany and Italy recorded more deaths once the second wave of Covid infections really got underway than in the first wave, leading, in many cases, to a second, longer, lockdown.

In India, Covid’s rising trend has only just begun and doctors say there is still time to contain it by relapsing to masks, social distancing and hand-washing protocol. Improving vaccination numbers will also protect vulnerable groups during a second wave. We are really not complacent with Covid-19 and we should really take precautions before it goes haywire.


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