India Sees A Rise In COVID Cases, How Should The Country Aim To Tackle It, Experts Speak

India Sees A Rise In COVID Cases, How Should The Country Aim To Tackle It, Experts Speak

The government says the coronavirus situation is going from bad to worse. What should be done to tackle the spurt in COVID cases, experts share their views
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Highlights
  • India has started to witness the second wave of coronavirus
  • Situation in India is going from bad to worse: Government
  • India should look at door-to-door vaccination programme: Expert

New Delhi: As India continues to witness an increase in the daily new cases of COVID-19 since February, NDTV speaks with experts to know the way ahead for the country. Currently, India has the second-highest number of COVID infections in the world recorded in the period of 24 hours. The Government says that it is not because of the novel mutant strains reported around the world and has warned people that the coronavirus situation in India is going from bad to worse.

So, if the surge is not because of the new strains then what exactly accounts for this second wave given the fact that lack of COVID behaviour was always the reality. As per the recently published report by the State Bank of India (SBI) the second wave may last up to 100 days, when counted from February 15. The report also stated that considering the number of days from the current level of daily new cases to the peak level during the first wave, India might reach the peak in the second half of April. It said, “Localised lockdowns or restrictions have been ineffective and mass vaccination is the only hope to win the battle against the pandemic.”

Also Read: WHO Report Says Coronavirus Likely Spread To People From An Animal And Not Labs, Calls For Further Studies

Speaking about the surge in cases and what strategies India should follow to cope up with the spurt, Dr Shashank Joshi, Member Maharashtra COVID Task Force said,

Right now, we are investigating the sudden spurt in COVID cases. The point to know here is that whether or not the rise in the cases is because of the new strains, the strategies to cope up with the surge won’t change. We need to do aggressive masking and follow COVID appropriate behaviour. One thing is sure that this second wave is a rapidly transferable strain, and its behaviour is different from what we have experienced earlier.

On the other hand, speaking about gene sequencing and should India be doing it more rapidly to know what strain is responsible for this surge, Dr Ram Vishwakarma, Chairman COVID Strategy Group, Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) added,

Yes, more and more sequencing is required. Several CSIR laboratory and other ICMR (Indian Council Of Medical Research) laboratory and institutions are working tirelessly to do this. However, we also need to understand that it requires a very specialised effort. Also, we need to know that sequencing alone will not work. If you have sequencing it doesn’t establish that if the disease is spreading faster or slower. It is an analysis, to know what strain is affecting the rise, we need to have clinical evidence, correlation of that variant with clinical symptoms and currently that all is work in progress.

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Dr Vishwakarma also said that instead of focusing on the number of gene sequencing, India needs to follow strategic sequencing. He added,

This means, people who have got one or double dose of vaccine and still getting the infection again, we need to do sequencing for them first. For people who are in the COVID clusters where cases are high, we also need to target them. Random sequencing won’t work and tell us what the cause of the surge or what strain is responsible for this.

Talking about the difference seen in this wave as compared to the one the country saw last year, Dr TP Lahane, Director Medical Research Maharashtra said,

If you see now, there is a shift – the patients who are in the age group of 20-30 are getting infected more. The second thing we have seen now is that the families are getting infected at a higher rate than before.

Dr TP Lahane also spoke about the existing vaccines and if they work against the strain. He said,

Currently both the vaccines are reasonably safe and at least Covaxin is very clear that it works against the mutant, they have data also that has been published. As far as Covidshield is concerned, it has worked against the UK and South Africa strain, so there is some data to suggest that some of that might work. But of course, this is work in progress and every vaccine will evolve as the mutants will be coming out.

Also Read: Mutations Are Not Riding The Current Surge Of COVID-19 In India: Dr VK Paul, NITI Aayog

Dr Vishwakarma also suggested the same and said that there is no doubt that vaccines will work. He added,

The good thing about the vaccines that are approved globally is the fact that they all protect you from the severity of the disease. Now, I think, we should start thinking about universal vaccination programme, we should move towards clinical trials for knowing the efficacy of the vaccines on the paediatric population.

When asked if a door-to-door vaccination programme should be looked at to tackle the sudden surge, Dr TP Lahane said,

It does make sense, however, we still need to figure out logistics. We are asking the central government for the permit of a door-to-door vaccination programme. Once we amp up the vaccination, our aim is to go for it. What is happening is that currently, patients are not coming. Secondly, the centres are itself the source of infections so if we go for the door-to-door vaccination, I think it will definitely help.

Dr Vishwakarma agreed that there are few logistic issues with the door-to-door vaccination programme like observing the patient for 30 minutes after the vaccination, he said,

If we start doing this door-to-door vaccination programme randomly it won’t be of any use. What is required is that it should be back with the data, we should go for clusters and people who are at higher risk and then look at the logistics and figure out a viable solution. What we need to do is try and get this virus out of the country as soon as possible, otherwise, it will keep mutating and growing.

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World

13,74,35,806Cases
5,61,85,787Active
7,82,91,090Recovered
29,58,929Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 13,74,35,806 and 29,58,929 have died; 5,61,85,787 are active cases and 7,82,91,090 have recovered as on April 14, 2021 at 4:00 am.

India

1,38,73,825 184372Cases
13,65,704 101006Active
1,23,36,036 82339Recovered
1,72,085 1027Deaths
In India, there are 1,38,73,825 confirmed cases including 1,72,085 deaths. The number of active cases is 13,65,704 and 1,23,36,036 have recovered as on April 14, 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

35,19,208 60,212

5,94,585 28,307

28,66,097 31,624

58,526 281

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

11,80,397 7,515

52,450 4,536

11,23,133 2,959

4,814 20

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

10,83,647 8,778

78,636 2,632

9,92,003 6,079

13,008 67

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

9,47,129 6,984

49,985 3,677

8,84,199 3,289

12,945 18

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

9,32,892 4,228

25,850 2,735

8,99,721 1,483

7,321 10

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

7,50,156 13,468

43,510 5,415

6,95,210 7,972

11,436 81

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

7,23,582 17,963

95,980 14,404

6,18,293 3,474

9,309 85

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

6,24,224 4,817

29,050 2,519

5,84,740 2,278

10,434 20

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

4,71,994 15,121

1,09,139 10,283

3,57,668 4,682

5,187 156

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

3,75,092 5,528

40,690 4,249

3,31,423 1,251

2,979 28

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

3,60,206 6,690

34,555 3,875

3,20,729 2,748

4,922 67

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

3,53,632 8,998

43,539 4,888

3,05,832 4,070

4,261 40

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

3,53,086 1,784

10,033 1,259

3,41,123 523

1,930 2

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

3,34,738 2,157

25,459 1,328

3,07,499 821

1,780 8

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

3,24,544 3,845

24,207 1,720

2,97,039 2,109

3,298 16

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

2,90,385 4,157

20,149 3,096

2,68,606 1,047

1,630 14

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

2,79,203 2,980

28,184 318

2,43,410 2,612

7,609 50

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

2,21,483 590

4,271 537

2,16,093 52

1,119 1

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

1,44,594 2,844

17,155 1,812

1,26,178 1,003

1,261 29

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

1,40,650 1,269

8,681 773

1,29,932 493

2,037 3

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

1,12,071 1,925

9,353 1,507

1,00,938 405

1,780 13

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

71,394 619

6,269 200

63,990 408

1,135 11

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

63,342 562

4,888 323

57,601 236

853 3

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

44,973 418

2,800 206

41,477 209

696 3

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

33,844 39

312 14

33,138 25

394

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

31,564 397

3,370 15

27,793 381

401 1

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

29,540 26

118 15

29,046 11

376

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

16,902 14

55 14

16,791

56

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

14,387 87

270 77

13,966 10

151

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

12,427 11

174 7

12,160 4

93

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

11,070 165

851 130

10,088 35

131

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,435 25

175 14

6,124 11

136

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

5,209 8

93 4

5,054 4

62

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

4,685 30

204 29

4,469 1

12

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

4,307 98

578 77

3,727 21

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

833 20

86 11

746 9

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Equitable Access To COVID-19 Vaccine Critically Important To Fight Pandemic, India’s ‘Vaccine Maitri’ Trying To Ensure Access To All: External Affairs Minister

In an interactive session at the opening day of the Raisina Dialogue, which is being held virtually, External Affairs Minister said that India's 'vaccine maitri' approach was trying to ensure no one gets left behind in taking the COVID-19 vaccine jab