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India reported close to 63000 confirmed new infections of coronavirus on 26th March 2021.
That is a new high in the surge of cases since the last week of October 2020. With the massive increase in cases, the death toll in the last 24 hours soared to 292 because of the alien virus.
The sheer ignorance of the people in following the Covid-19 guidelines and the laxity of administration is the leading cause of the surge. Also, the experts have predicted a surge in cases because of forthcoming festivals like Holi.
As per various studies and reports conducted nationally and internationally, India is currently facing the brunt of the second wave of coronavirus. The peak of the current wave of the coronavirus is expected in the latter half of April. And the wave is predicted to grow for the next three months or a hundred days.
With the cases growing significantly nationwide, especially in states like Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Punjab, strict measures are the need of the hour. It is so because the statistics state that the cases are growing in both Metropolitan cities and smaller districts simultaneously. That is a significant concern because even the districts with coronavirus-free status are getting affected once again.
Though the vaccination process is in full swing, three crucial points might cause an alarming situation in the future-
● Laxness of people while obeying the Safety Protocols.
● Double Mutation of coronavirus in several parts of the country.
● Upcoming Festivals like Holi and Shab-e-Barat.
This article would make you aware of the necessary restrictions imposed in several states amid the coronavirus surge. Also, we would clear all your doubts about the Double Mutation of the virus.
Double Mutation of Coronavirus in India:
Dr Rakesh Mishra, Director of CSIR, Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology (CCMB), was the first to discover the double Mutation in India. According to Dr Mishra, a double mutation of any virus happens when two different variants from different regions fuse in layman’s terms. That results in a new variant with particulars of both the parent variants.
The double Mutation found in India is the combination of the Indian variant and a variant of California, USA, named L452R.
Several health experts, including Dr Mishra, have concluded that though enough conclusive details are not available on the new variant, it is efficient enough. Currently concentrated mainly in Maharashtra and Telangana, the double variant is sufficient to spread across the nation.
Due to that, even the Union Health Ministry termed the new double variant as a ‘variant of concern‘.
Dr Rakesh Mishra also highlighted that Indian vaccines, Covaxin and Covishield, have efficacy against the double-variant, as of the current scenario. And also advised people to up their guards in the upcoming festivals like Holi.
Curbs Imposed in States Ahead of Holi
The state of Maharashtra is the worst hit by the coronavirus in its second wave. With the virus spreading in smaller districts like Amravati and Nanded, the state reported close to 37000 new infections in the last 24 hours. That is itself a record since the inception of the coronavirus in the country.
To stop the steeping surge in the state ahead of Holi, Shab-e-Barat & Good Friday, night curfew would get imposed from 28th March.
Also, complete restrictions on Holi parties have been imposed on the 28th & 29th of March.
Furthermore, compulsory random testing will get done in crowded places to trace effectively.
The second wave of coronavirus has also affected the capital of the nation adversely.
With over 1534 cases in the last 24 hours, the curve of infections is also ascending rapidly.
And to control the explosion of cases post the festive season, especially Holi, the following measures have been undertaken-
● A complete prohibition on social gatherings on Holi, Shab-e-Barat & Navaratri.
According to the Delhi Disaster Management Authority, individuals flouting the rules would get dealt with under the strictest laws.
● Random RT-PCR Testing at different entries and exits of the national capital.
● Stringent traffic rules, especially on Holi, avoid accidents and overcrowding of hospitals amid the coronavirus surge.
Reporting several cases of different variants of the virus, the Rajasthan government has also decided to impose certain curbs ahead of Holi. The authoritative bodies have fixed the stipulated timings for 28th & 29th March for Holi.
People will get to play Holi on the dates mentioned above from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm only.
Also, social congregations and events have been strictly prohibited to prevent any drastic surge of cases.
4. Madhya Pradesh
Being one of the top contributors of coronavirus cases in India, the Shivraj Singh Chauhan government has imposed strict restrictions ahead of the festival season. Out of the total of 52 districts, 12 districts in the state have been put under complete Lockdown on Sundays.
The step of lockdown comes after the massive surge of 2100 cases on 26th March.
Furthermore, an advisory got issued stating the timings of Holika Dahan on Sunday. The Holika Dahan in Madhya Pradesh will get performed on 29th March, owing to the lockdown on Sunday.
And like other states, mass gatherings on Holi & other following festivals are strictly banned.
Also, states like Odisha, Gujarat, and Punjab have imposed restrictions like night curfew and ban on social gatherings.
The Punjab government has requested its state residents to avoid celebrations in public places as much as possible. It is so because apart from the surge, Punjab has the highest case fatality rate in the country.
The Uttar Pradesh and Bihar government has also imposed a complete ban on Holi celebrations like Holi-Milan in several districts.
Smaller states like Goa and Chandigarh were on the brink of becoming corona-free, saw spurts in cases this week. Goa administration imposed a complete ban on social gatherings, considering the potential risk of festivity on Holi and Shab-e-Barat.
Similarly, the Deputy Commissioner of Chandigarh ordered strict vigilance on Holi, especially at tourist attractions like Sukhna Lake. Furthermore, all educational institutions have been shut till 31st March because of the sudden surge.