Covid-19 Cases are rising despite the Vaccination Drive; what’s wrong with India’s Covid Prevention Campaign?

India has rolled out the world’s largest vaccination drive on January 16 that set an example to the world in its fight with corona. But despite that, data reveals a slight rise in the number of fresh cases. Where are we lacking at?

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Despite the various measures taken to control the coronavirus spread, it touched the mark of approximately 1 crore in the last month. Now, with the inoculation of the covid-19 vaccine, it was expected that this number would fall down incessantly and will pave the way to a corona free world. However, it is far from achieving! The rise in corona positive cases in the last few days have made us think otherwise! Is the Indian government playing foul?

WHO data reveals approximately 19000 fresh cases reported till Jan 29

The official WHO data reveals that India has a total of 10,720,048 confirmed covid cases by far amongst which 154,010 deaths have been registered. What’s more surprising is that despite the vaccination procedure being inoculated from mid-January, the surge in covid cases refuses to die down. Almost 19000 new covid cases have been reported till Friday the 29th of January. The surge in cases might be the result of negligence amongst people as they think that the vaccine rollout is enough to prevent the disease from spreading more.

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Chhattisgarh and Kerala reports the highest number of fresh covid positive cases

Chhattisgarh alone added almost 6500 fresh covid cases in the last few days whereas Kerala, on the second spot added around 5700. Next to the list is Maharashtra that contributed almost 3000 new covid cases that makes the list scarier! What scares us more is a report from the health department of Kerala that suggests that the covid cases in Kerala are going to surge more in the coming two weeks. “For the state as a whole, based on the daily growth rate over the last seven days, new cases will double in 13 days”, the report from the health department says.

Why such a surge in positive cases despite the vaccination drive and strict control measures?

Mostly the negligence amongst people and the free following movement allowance by the government is the reason behind such surge. Though the government has always been vocal about the maintenance of social distance, using hand sanitisers, masks, etc. to prevent the spread of the virus, it is hardly being seen to get implemented throughout the country. And with the start of public transport like buses and trains, the sizable probability of the spread of the virus has actually doubled. We can only hope the situation gets better with time.

The PolicyTimes suggestion

  • Given the fact that only a few categories of people are destined to receive the covid-19 vaccine, it is evident that preventing the virus from spreading is not possible. Also, many people are refusing to take it even though they are eligible for the vaccine. This is one of the main reasons why covid cases are still increasing. The government must look forward to dealing with the fear of people getting the vaccine. The ones who are authorized to receive the vaccine must get them without any hindrance and the ones who are yet to receive it must maintain the covid protocols to stay safe.

Reference articles:

https://m.timesofindia.com/india/slight-rise-in-daily-covid-cases-toll/amp_articleshow/80540932.cms

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/9-102-fresh-coronavirus-cases-in-india-lowest-daily-rise-since-june-1-06-crore-total-cases-1-53-lakh-deaths-2358122

https://covid19.who.int/region/searo/country/in

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