Just 11% say social distancing and wearing masks are practised in their area:, a LocalCircles Survey reveals.
Coronavirus cases in India are constantly rising with Maharashtra taking the lead, followed by Karnataka, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh amongst other states.
The Health Secretary of India has been reiterating that urgent action must be taken while Niti Aayog member VK Paul has described the ongoing situation as going from “bad to worse” as daily cases in the month of March alone reached nearly nine-fold, with a three-fold rise in daily deaths.
Citizens on the LocalCircles platform have been regularly reporting about people in their area, district, or city becoming complacent towards following Covid protocols, especially towards social distancing and mask-wearing, and even if people had a mask with them, it rarely covered their mouth and the nose. Also, many reports were received about how rallies and public meetings are being held in poll-bound states, including private and public events, markets that rarely have any social distancing or mask-wearing compliance.
LocalCircles has conducted another survey to understand how people are following social distancing and mask-wearing norms as cases. The survey received more than 33,000 responses from citizens located in 319 districts of India. Approximately 42 percent of the respondents were from Tier 1 districts, 27 percent from Tier 2 districts and 31 percent were from Tier 3, 4 and rural districts of the country.
-Only 11 percent citizens feel that there is good compliance with social distancing norms and wearing mask in their area, district or city
-Only 29 percent citizens say mask compliance is good in their area, district, or city
-Only 11 percent citizens say social distancing compliance is good in their area, district, or city
-74 percent citizens feel that there is effective compliance to wearing mask at the vaccination center/location; 44 percent say compliance to social distancing norms is effective
-44 percent citizens say social distancing compliance is good at the vaccination centers; 74 percent citizens say mask compliance is good.
-44 percent citizens feel that there is effective compliance to wearing a mask when traveling by flights or at airports, trains or at railway stations, buses or at bus stands. Only 15 percent said compliance to social distancing norms is effective.
-Only 15 percent citizens say social distancing compliance is good when traveling at airports, railway stations, or bus stands; 44 percent citizens say mask compliance is good
There are 33,000+ responses received from citizens residing in 319 districts of India. 69 percent respondents were men while 31 percent respondents were women. 42 percent respondents were from tier 1, 27 percent from tier 2 and 31 percent respondents were from tier 3, 4 and rural districts. The survey was conducted via LocalCircles platform and all participants were validated citizens who had to be registered with LocalCircles to participate in this survey.