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One in three Indians believe fourth wave of COVID-19 has started, finds survey

In view of increasing COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a virtual meeting to assess the situation with chief ministers at 12 noon today, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)

April 27, 2022 / 09:50 AM IST
A girl registers her name before receiving the Corbevax vaccine for COVID-19 at a school in Gauhati, March 16. (Image: AP)

A girl registers her name before receiving the Corbevax vaccine for COVID-19 at a school in Gauhati, March 16. (Image: AP)

One in three persons believe that the fourth wave of COVID-19 has hit the Indian shores, a survey conducted by community social media platform LocalCircles has found. At least 55 percent surveyed, however, are highly confident that experts in India will be able to effectively handle things in the event of a fourth wave of the pandemic.

The findings released on April 27 come at a time when the daily COVID-19 cases are rising with the epicentre being Delhi and the National Capital region (NCR). The Union Health Ministry said on April 27 that 2,927 COVID-19 cases were recorded across the country in the last 24 hours with a daily positivity rate of 0.58 per cent.

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In view of increasing COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a virtual meeting to assess the situation with chief ministers at 12 noon today, according to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO).

The LocalCircles survey received 36,000 responses from citizens across 341 districts of India. In response to a question on fourth wave of COVID-19, 34 percent of respondents said it has already started in April, while another 29 per cent said “not likely in 2022” and four per cent said “not for six months at least”.

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“On an aggregate basis, one in three Indians believes that the fourth COVID-19 wave in India has already started. This question in the survey received 11,563 responses,” the survey findings said.

It also said that 55 percent of the respondents were highly confident that experts in India will be able to effectively handle things in the event of a next wave. This question in the survey received 12,609 responses.



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