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Divided we stand, if united we fall!

With the surge of vaccines in the nation and a grand vaccination drive, the people and the government were all optimistic to then come out of the dangerous virus spread. But as with the confidence, most people took COVID-19 protocols for granted and now as a result we see a high spike of corona cases across the lengths and breadths of the nation.

 

With 15,69,743 active cases of COVID-19, India once again stands at the 2nd position in the group of highest Chinese virus cases holding countries in the world.

 

While India runs the largest vaccination drive in the world with 114 million doses given to the citizens of the age group of 45 and above, around 14.3 million people are vaccinated successfully with the first and second dose of vaccine computing only 1% of the total massive population of India.

 

One can see a huge spike in the corona active cases and deaths as it is said that the second wave of the COVID-19 virus is much more destructive than what it was in the first wave.

The second phase is said to be more terrible as the virus now found in the bodies are two times muted and therefore this strain is called ‘Double Mutation’ as said by the doctors.

 

The whole of the nation is right now dealing with the most difficult circumstances but few of the states and cities are more likely to have been affected by the new strain of the Chinese virus. A few of them are Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and West Bengal.

 

Maharashtra to be the worst affected state stands at 1st position followed by Uttar Pradesh at 2nd. With a high surge of 22,439 cases on Thursday and 104 deaths UP along with Maharashtra comes under the ambit of the worst-affected states.

 

Cases are growing at a high pace in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Rajasthan but as the states have higher no. of testing rates, more infections are arrested with that.

 

UP along with Bihar and West Bengal is also seeing a high tide of Covid cases but the testing rates there are really slow as compared to other states.

 

7, 66,360 people are so far affected in Uttar Pradesh by novel coronavirus COVID-19.

Sadly 9,480 people have died till the date in UP with 1, 29,848 active cases. However, 62, 7032 people have recovered out of 7, 66,360 cases.

 

The worst affected state continues to be Maharashtra with 60,000 new cases followed by UP with 17.96k cases and Chhattisgarh with 15000 new cases on April 15.

 

A few days back when the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath announced himself to be COVID-19 positive, the social media was filled with messages of his speedy recovery. However, the same day a politician of Opposition and leader of the Samajwadi party Akhilesh Yadav also got positive.

 

Looking at the tense situation of the state of Uttar Pradesh, the CM announced to impose a Corona night curfew in the 10 most-affected districts of the state from 8 pm to 7 am. The districts included are Lucknow, Prayagraj, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Varanasi, Kanpur, Meerut, and Gorakhpur.

 

The season also known for Board exams are even facing abnormalities as the new strain of coronavirus is mostly trapping the younger population and as a result, the GOI took a decision to cancel grade 10 exams and postpone grade 12 exams of CBSE until further dates declared.

 

Witnessing a high storm of positive cases in UP, the CM announced the state board exams of grade 10 and grade 12 to be postponed until further dates were declared. New dates for the same will be declared after 20 May 2021. The schools and colleges of the state are locked up till 15 May 2021.

 

Just a day before, Yogi held a meet with his Team 11 ministers through video conferencing being home quarantine. He discussed the state condition and how can it be tackled. Notably, the doctors’ team is looking after CM Yogi at frequent time intervals.

 

On Panchayat polls which commenced on Thursday, Yogi said all the personnel on duty will have to follow all the COVID 19 protocols and use gloves, masks, sanitizers should be made available.

 

The migrants returning to UP from different states will have to stay in quarantine centres He asked officials to look after the arrangements of enough quarantine centres in the state with all the necessary facilities.

 

The chief medical officer is also directed to monitor the availability of oxygen and that there should be no shortage of antiviral drug Remdesivir in the hospitals.

 

On Friday, April 16th, the CM declared about the Sunday curfew in the state to get a grasp over the intensifying corona cases. He even took stringent actions on the penalties for breaking the covid protocols. ₹1000 for not wearing masks and if caught second-time ₹10,000 then.

 

However, the total vaccines provided to the patients’ number 11, 72, 23, 509 as of 16 April 2021.

 

The rising cases in the second wave are much more a result of people’s irregularities in following the protocols made for novel coronavirus. The tussle to ‘break the chain’ isn’t easy in the second wave, however not impossible too. Together, this nation has fought many big battles, it’s centres high time now to fight this and win it like a king as we say ‘United we stand, divided we fall’.

Shreya Gohel

Intern, Goa Chronicle

DISCLAIMER: This article reflects author’s view point. Goa Chronicle may or may not subscribe to views of the author

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