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COVID-19: Severe crackdown on Covidiots, massive scale-up in vaccination run-rate needed to contain second wave

Mass masking up, strict enforcement of COVID-19 protocols are the clearest ways to contain the spread. Otherwise, the cost for lives and livelihoods will be too prohibitive for the country to bear.

March 31, 2021 / 11:33 AM IST
Representative image (Source: ShutterStock)

Representative image (Source: ShutterStock)

As of March 29, 2021 evening, there were 12,095,855 reported COVID-19 positive cases in India, accounting for about 9.4 percent of the world’s 128 million cases.

In March 2020, when the virus started to rapidly engulf the country’s landscape, the government had to make a hard trade-off of choosing between lives and livelihood. It chose the former, imposing one of the most stringent lockdowns, a standard, and perhaps the only, tool that embattled governments had at the time.

Curative medicines, let alone vaccines, were still a very distant certainty, as epidemiologists, scientists and biostatisticians rummaged through the mountains of data in mankind’s battle against the virus. The Indian government, much like most others, deployed the lockdown to slow down the virus’ spread.

In September 2020, when the first wave of COVID-19 infections peaked in India during the first wave, the seven-day daily moving average of daily infections in the country was more than 96,000.