Engulfing the world
On Saturday a record 1,45,384 fresh covid-19 cases were reported across India. In Jammu and Kashmir the fresh cases also surpasses one thousand mark as more than 1000 cases were reported in the UT as well.
In India the number of active cases has breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-a-half months, while the death toll due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,68,436 with 794 more fatalities, the highest since October 18 last year.
Registering a steady increase for the 31st day in a row, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 10,46,631, accounting for 7.93 per cent of its total caseload, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 90.80 per cent
The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12, accounting for only 1.25 per cent of the total number of cases in the country. However, a fresh wave witnessing a higher number of infections is proving to be worrisome.
It seems that despite a massive vaccination drive going on across the globe, the virus has made a comeback. Hospitals in most of the countries are filling up fast. Even countries where vaccine rollouts are finally getting some momentum, infections, hospitalizations and deaths are surging. And that leaves even bleaker prospects for much of the world, where large scale vaccination programs remain a more distant prospect.
Interestingly, the World Health Organization also signaled an alarm saying that it is very concerned as infection rates are rising in all of the world’s regions, driven by new virus variants and too many nations and people coming out of lockdown too soon.
In its latest weekly epidemiological update, WHO said new COVID-19 cases rose for a sixth consecutive week, with over 4 million reported in the last week. New deaths increased by 11% compared to last week, with over 71 000 reported.
Turkey is among the badly hit countries, with most new cases of the virus traced to a variant first found in Britain. The mutant form of the virus is causing more harm to the organs, he said. While two out of ten patients were dying previously, the number is now four out of 10.
In Iran, the death toll is also rising, prompting new restrictions that will take effect for 10 days in 257 cities beginning today. Authorities in Pakistan, which is in the middle of a third surge of infections, are restricting inter-city transportation on weekends starting at midnight Friday as part of measures aimed at limiting coronavirus cases and deaths.
India has also announced weekend lockdowns besides night travel restrictions. This has been implemented in all the major and populated states across the country. But still the cases continue to mount and the infections this time round seem to be quite serious as the fatalities have shown an increase.
We understand that lockdowns have failed to get the desired results, but what we need to understand is that the pandemic can be put at bay only by resorting to preventive measures. Measures that everyone has to follow so that the virus can be dodged.