Doctors Fear West Bengal Is Heading Towards Severe Outbreak Of Second Wave Of Coronavirus

Doctors Fear West Bengal Is Heading Towards Severe Outbreak Of Second Wave Of Coronavirus

Doctors warned that violation of the COVID-19 protocol may lead to a situation similar to the one in 2020 after the outbreak of the pandemic across the globe
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Doctors Fear West Bengal Is Heading Towards Severe Outbreak Of Second Wave Of CoronavirusIn the case of any pandemic, second and third waves are inevitable as per the law of the nature, said doctors on spike in COVID-19 cases
Highlights
  • Laxity among common people has caused the spike: Experts
  • More people being affected by the contagion now: Expert
  • Chances of virus transmission are higher in rallies: Experts

Kolkata: West Bengal is heading towards severe outbreak of the second wave of coronavirus as the people are not adhering to the protocol to check its spread and large numbers of them are participating in the innumerable rallies and campaigns by political leaders across the poll-bound state almost daily, city doctors fear. They warned that this violation of the COVID-19 protocol may lead to a situation similar to the one in 2020after the outbreak of the pandemic across the globe.

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Sanjib Bandyopadhyay, in-charge of the post-COVID follow-up clinic at the Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General (ID&BG) Hospital, which was a designated COVID-19hospital, foresees a “severe outbreak” of contagion the state in the near future. Sisir Naskar, the superintendent of M R Bangur Hospital, another designated coronavirus hospital, blamed the laxity of the common people for the recent spike of COVID-19cases in the state.

In the case of any pandemic, second and third waves are inevitable as per the law of the nature. These will eventually go away but there cannot be a careless attitude. In our state, the laxity of the common people in fighting the disease is the primary reason behind the rise in the incidences of the disease, he said.

Mr. Bandopadhyay said the chances of more people being affected by the contagion is high in the state as more and more of them are participating in political rallies and meetings without wearing masks.

Chances of virus transmission are higher in rallies because more droplets come out from the mouths of leaders when they address rallies and people surrounding him shout slogans- most of them without masks. This puts people near them to risk, he said.

It is quite a risky situation. We are seeing large number of people participating in rallies and meetings by political parties in West Bengal and not bothering about the norms which should be followed during this pandemic, he said.

We are heading towards a severe outbreak of the disease here in West Bengal and it may happen even before the elections are over. And if this happens, there will be another crisis in the state in which the hospitals may not be able to accomodate many of the affected,” city-based obstetrician-gynecologist Hiralal Konar told PTI.

The eighth and the last phase of election in West Bengal is slated for April 29. According to Dr Konar, the second wave of the dreaded coronavirus, which has already hit the state, could have been delayed by another two to three months had the common people followed the precautionary measures.

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He blamed the lackadaisical attitude of the common people like not wearing proper masks and not maintaining physical distancing norms for the recent spike in the number of infections. Dr Konar also blamed the political leaders of irresponsible attitude for organising campaign rallies putting to risk the lives of the common people participating in them.

The casual attitude of the people is quite dangerous. We have seen this sudden spike in the number of coronavirus over the last fortnight. The situation is aggravated by holding political rallies and meetings where norms are violated by everybody. If the situation deteriorates further and there is only a caretaker government due to the election, the common people will face a very difficult situation, he cautioned.

The principal of ID&BG Hospital Anima Halder echoed Dr Konar and blamed the casual approach of the people for the sudden spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal. She said,

“You cannot blame the political partiesalone. I have seen people doing away with their masks and violating the physical distancing norm since Durga Puja last year. They sit and chat in tea stalls, participate in social gatherings and weddings, celebrate Holi. The rise in coronavirus incidences is therefore inevitable. We cannot shrug off our responsibilities. The situation is grim and will deteriorate,” Mondal said when contacted.

We cannot take things lightly thinking that there are vaccines now. There are people, who after being vaccinated are randomly violating the safety protocols without understandin gthe gravity of the situation, she added.

Senior physician Syamasis Bandyopadhyay said that there is no data to support that the recent surge in the state is due to political rallies. “It is the complacency of the people which led to this situation,” he said when asked.

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The COVID-19 situation deteriorated in Maharashtra though there was no political rally nor any election there at the time. There is no data to prove that the situation worsened in West Bengal because of the political rallies and campaigning. It is the people who are at fault, he said.

In the past 30 to 40 days, West Bengal has witnessed a four-fold surge in COVID-19 cases. On Sunday the state saw 827 new cases of the infection, the highest so far this year, a bulletin released by the state health department said. The maximum number of 292 cases was registered int he city and another 193 in adjacent North 24 Parganas district, it said. In October 2020 during the Durga Puja festival in the state, the daily COVID-19 infection rate had risen beyond 4000.

It had dropped to 130 in February this year. Incidentally, when the state was witnessing a surge in the COVID-19 cases last year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had blamed political rallies and the protests for it. The prevalence of the disease was then highest among the police who were deployed to maintain law and order and were among the frontline warriors against the disease. All the medical experts stressed on enhancing testing facilities and expediting vaccination to control its spread.

We must increase the number of tests daily which is the only way to ascertain the number of people contaminated. Besides, we need to raise the awareness level of the people to make them wear masks and maintain physical distancing, Dr Konar said.

Mass scale vaccination will be the best way to tackle the COVID-19 surge, Syamasis Bandyopadhyay said.

Since, we have the vaccines now we must quickly inoculate people. The more the people are vaccinated, the stronger will be our fight against COVID-19. Not only this, we also need to continuously message people to raise their awareness on wearing masks and maintaining physical distancing, he said.

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World

15,76,70,605Cases
6,06,84,649Active
9,37,03,213Recovered
32,82,743Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 15,76,70,605 and 32,82,743 have died; 6,06,84,649 are active cases and 9,37,03,213 have recovered as on May 9, 2021 at 3:48 am.

India

2,22,96,414 403738Cases
37,36,648 13202Active
1,83,17,404 386444Recovered
2,42,362 4092Deaths
In India, there are 2,22,96,414 confirmed cases including 2,42,362 deaths. The number of active cases is 37,36,648 and 1,83,17,404 have recovered as on May 9, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

50,53,336 56,578

6,30,467 26,552

43,47,592 82,266

75,277 864

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

18,86,448 47,563

5,48,861 12,200

13,19,301 34,881

18,286 482

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

18,66,827 41,971

4,17,448 14,451

14,43,633 27,456

5,746 64

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

14,80,315 26,636

2,45,736 8,382

12,19,409 34,721

15,170 297

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

13,51,362 27,397

1,39,401 4,046

11,96,549 23,110

15,412 241

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

13,10,231 17,364

87,907 3,128

12,03,253 20,160

19,071 332

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

12,65,439 20,065

1,87,392 697

10,69,432 19,272

8,615 96

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

9,73,718 19,436

1,25,164 1,066

8,36,351 18,243

12,203 127

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

8,42,356 12,239

1,30,859 182

7,01,116 12,198

10,381 223

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

7,38,786 17,987

1,99,307 160

5,33,973 17,667

5,506 160

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

6,69,928 11,892

1,43,421 2,964

5,18,234 14,737

8,273 119

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

6,60,712 11,598

1,02,486 7,063

5,51,892 4,445

6,334 90

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

6,02,349 14,667

1,16,109 146

4,80,786 14,366

5,454 155

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

5,80,217 12,948

1,12,977 2,090

4,64,025 14,962

3,215 76

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

5,24,207 11,807

82,724 4,122

4,39,322 7,664

2,161 21

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

4,92,385 5,186

68,462 2,846

4,21,219 7,994

2,704 38

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

4,33,689 9,042

71,948 2,224

3,51,426 6,647

10,315 171

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,89,069 5,756

38,146 2,653

2,49,295 3,053

1,628 50

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

2,82,174 6,112

61,195 18

2,17,223 5,953

3,756 141

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

2,38,383 8,390

71,174 3,483

1,63,661 4,789

3,548 118

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

2,11,742 4,788

46,535 2,228

1,62,535 2,500

2,672 60

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

1,28,330 5,424

31,893 2,380

94,607 3,007

1,830 37

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

1,16,213 3,751

32,387 671

82,214 3,025

1,612 55

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

70,076 1,703

13,585 507

55,552 1,177

939 19

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

49,312 870

8,505 0

40,249 861

558 9

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

37,559 351

2,751 218

34,402 132

406 1

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

34,775 442

3,851 345

30,463 85

461 12

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

20,046 244

2,002 109

17,984 135

60

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

19,302 375

2,678 212

16,414 152

210 11

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

15,913 333

2,711 278

13,065 40

137 15

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

15,179 156

1,412 12

13,614 143

153 1

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

9,651 200

2,528 130

6,958 65

165 5

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

8,737 141

1,425 32

7,308 173

4

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

7,551 169

1,951 45

5,583 124

17

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

6,341 30

211 2

6,056 26

74 2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

3,756 127

1,039 88

2,708 215

9

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