Hope On Covid Front

INDIA on Monday witnessed its biggest decline in the daily Covid-19 caseload in the last 538 days with just 8,488 fresh infections being recorded. A total of 249 deaths happened due to the virus in past 24 hours. According to the latest data by the Union Ministry of Health, the active cases in the country now stand at 1,18,443, again the lowest in 534 days. One reason for this is the widespread vaccination. India has now administered 116.87 crore vaccine doses so far. The government data shows that around 82 percent of the eligible population in India have received the first dose of anti-Covid vaccine while around 43 percent have been fully vaccinated. Over the last year, the government’s testing capacity has continued to expand.

Now the vaccination of the children is on the cards. The inoculation for children is among several important points to be discussed at a meeting of the government's top advisory group on immunisation in the next two weeks. Children have become a priority as there is apprehension that the third wave could affect the children the most. Similarly, government is also planning booster doses for the adults as some other countries have done. The US is set to become the latest country to widen the scope of booster doses.

There has also been a drastic drop in the Covid cases in J&K.  Only 160 cases were reported in the union territory in the last 24 hours - 128 from Kashmir and 32 from Jammu. There are now just 1665 active cases in J&K.

Delta strains a threat nevertheless. The Covid strain could cause some serious problems if not controlled in time. Or if it is observed to be somewhat unchecked by the vaccination. Addressing the  session of the recent G20 summit in Rome, “Global economy and global health”,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the need for a collaborative approach to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last two years, the world has certainly acted in concert in so far as the vaccination is concerned which has brought the pandemic under control.  However, it is unlikely that the Covid-19 pandemic could be reigned in anytime soon. Unless the government complements the vaccination with the upgrading of healthcare and strict enforcement of adherence to SOPs in public, there are likely to be more outbreaks in various parts of the country. And such flareups could undo the progress made so far.

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