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Can’t act complacent

Can’t act complacent
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The daily new covid-19 infections fell below 10,000 for the fourth time this month taking the country’s tally of cases to 1,09,25,710, while fresh fatalities remained below 100 for the tenth time this month. On Tuesday morning India reported 81 new fatalities which include 23 from Maharashtra, 13 from Kerala and 10 from Punjab.
Covid-19 has resulted in a total of 1,55,813 deaths so far in the country including 51,552 from Maharashtra followed by 12,425 from Tamil Nadu, 12,267 from Karnataka, 10,893 from Delhi, 10,233 from West Bengal, 8,704 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,163 from Andhra Pradesh.
Though the figures have stabilized to a great extent but many states across India are witnessing a fresh spurt in Coronavirus cases. The number of fresh cases in the most populated states including the national capital of Delhi is a grim reminder that the measures that should be taken to control the spread need to be implemented immediately.
The centre has already notified the states that and Union Territories that they can impose local restrictions like night curfew to check the spread of COVID-19 but made it clear that they will have to consult it before imposing any lockdown outside the containment zones.
Importantly, the containment strategy should be focussed on surveillance, containment and strict observance of the guidelines and SOPs issued by the MHA and the Ministry of Health and the states and UTs, based on their assessment of the situation, may impose local restrictions, with a view to contain the spread of COVID-19 such as night curfew.
However, what is more important at this juncture is that the states and UT governments should strictly enforce containment measures, SOPs on various activities and COVID-appropriate behavior and exercise caution and regulate crowds.
This should include religious gatherings, marriage ceremonies and various other social activities that have seen resumption over the past two months now.
Though the new covid1- 19 measures have eased restrictions on social, religious, sports, entertainment, educational, cultural and religious gatherings in closed spaces, there is no such restriction for open spaces where people will be allowed as per the size of the ground.
Since most of the governments at the state and the UT level have opted for opening up of educational institutions including schools and colleges, any lackadaisical attitude can lead to big trouble that can have huge implications.
In places like that of Jammu and Kashmir Covid-19 has been controlled to a large extent as the number of positive cases across the UT has fallen quite considerably. Even most of the hospitals that were dedicated as covid-19 hospitals have been asked to resume their normal functioning with just two hospitals, (one partly) left to attend to the covid patients.
However, amidst all this there is no scope for any complacency as the peak covid-19 season during the mid 2020 made us realize that the healthcare infrastructure cannot afford to take a huge number of patents and that too when educational institutions too have started to open up.

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