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Is Covid-19 back again and is it the time to worry about the fourth wave?

The headlines are again snatched by the gradual increase in Covid-19 cases that has been observed largely in India, including four important and largely populated cities and the national capital. On Thursday, India witnessed a shocking rise with 1,007 new Covi-19 infected patients. In addition, the daily positivity rate of the coronavirus infections is observed at 0.23 per cent.

Talking about the gradual increase and spike in the ratio of the positive cases that have been witnessed largely in four important cities, including the national capital. Just a day before, i.e. Wednesday, New Delhi reported 299 new Covid-19 cases, a huge jump of 118 per cent from the days counted and observed records two days ago. While briefing about the positivity rate, it stood at 2.49 per cent.

The Covid positivity and infected patients rate in the state capital New Delhi has spiked from 05 per cent to 2.70 per cent in a whole week. Moreover, the doctors on Tuesday said it was “not a panic situation” as the daily cases counting was still low but cautioned against dropping the guard. 

Along with the uplift in daily positive cases and a significant rise in the positivity rate over the last few days, the honourable Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain, said on Monday that the city government was keeping a watch on the recent situation of coronavirus in India. However, there was no reason to worry about the situation until a new variant and another wave of the virus was detected. According to the latest reports, the national capital’s Covid-19 tally on Wednesday witnessed 18,66,881 and the total death toll at 26,158. 

Is the fourth wave of Covid-19 witnessed only in Delhi?

However, Delhi is not alone to face some glimpse of the fourth wave or a new variant of Covid-19; its neighbouring cities like Noida and Gurugram also witnessed a sudden surge in daily Covid-19 cases. However, Gurugram logged 128 new coronavirus cases after nearly 40 days. On the other hand, Noida saw over 20 students infected with Covid-19 in a week.

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In Gurugram, Covid cases last time crossed over the 100 mark on March 4, with the total spike in cases counting 115 positive patients of coronavirus. Following this, the counting has dropped below 100, and Haryana has also lifted all Covid-19 restrictions in the state on February 16. So now, the current scenarios simply point out the precautions and measures that the government took during the lockdown.

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Are the schools and educational institutions going to shut down? Will there be another line for purchasing free rations in front of the government ration shops? And the most important questions that come to mind just after hearing the word Covid-19, i.e. lockdown. Will the government impose lockdown again and lock people in their houses and simultaneously increase the price for every basic need making their survival tough? 

A thousand of questions arrive in people’s minds when they hear about the rising cases, but who is responsible for it government or the laymen person? The government might win a few hearts and have impressed a minor crowd by removing the norms and guidelines followed like wearing a face mask, using hand sanitiser, checking the temperature at different places, and the people travelling out are also enjoying sunny days without masks. Still, we all know ‘precautions are better than cure, but in the current scenario, no one is practising it, neither the government who runs the nation nor the citizens who are the part of a nation.

Educational institutions in Covid-19

While talking about the current scenario and call for action after watching the spike in the positive cases. All the schools in Noida and Greater Noida have been strictly advised to take immediate action and inform the health department about any student with fever, cold, cough, diarrhoea or showing any similar symptoms of Covid-19 for timely treatment. On Monday, one of the schools has recently reported 13 infected children and three faculty staff, switching to the online mode of education until next week. 

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Additionally, details of other schools have not surfaced yet. But it is informed that 10 children who have now tested positive for the coronavirus belong to other schools.

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Covid-19 in Mumbai 

While talking about overpopulated places, how can we forget about Mumbai? Mumbai has simultaneously reported 73 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday. The count was the highest on the day after March 17 this year. Talking about the patients, 68 out of 73 patients were asymptomatic, and five others were admitted to the hospitals. 

A rapid rise in the positive case has been witnessed since the starting of this week on Monday after Mumbai had recorded 23 cases. On Tuesday, Mumbai had logged 52 cases and zero fatalities. According to the reports of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Mumbai has been setting an example for the slight spike in the daily Covid case count.

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However, the crowded city has not reported any Covid related fatalities in the past three days. As a result, Mumbai’s positivity rate has also risen to 0.007%. On Tuesday, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the situation with the spike in new Covid cases and the fear of emerging the new XE variants. He urged to people asking them to follow the norms and guidelines and directed officials for boosting the ongoing monitoring and surveillance of new variants and cases. 

Although more than half of the population is fully vaccinated still, we are witnessing a new spike in the positive cases. When the Covid-19 came with a pandemic, the government addressed the population by saying that we should learn to live with this, but they have also started normalizing every norm and guideline related to Covid-19. Is this going to leave a mark and worsen the condition? 

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India’s Covid-19 count has crossed the 20 lakh mark on 7 August 2020, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. Not only this, it crossed 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh cases on 11 October, 80 lakh cases on 29 October,90 lakh cases on 20 November and shockingly, it surpassed the 1 crore mark on 19 December. The country broke the records and grimed the milestones with 2 crore positive cases on 4 May and 3 crores on 23 June. Will history be repeating itself again, or government will get alert with some glimpse of conditions getting worse? 

 

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