GS Paper - 2 Governance

People’s lax attitude towards wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, coupled with pandemic fatigue and poor implementation of containment measures led to the sharp rise in Covid-19 cases in the second wave, the Prime Minister’s Office said on 4 April 2021, asking the states to improve behavioural compliance and reduce mortality.

What

  1. At a high-level review meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, the Centre has decided to send specialised teams of public health specialists and clinicians to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh to probe unusually high case load and death toll.
  2. With India reporting more than 93,000 new cases and 500 plus Covid-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, the PMO in a statement noted that 10 states are contributing to more than 90 per cent of cases and deaths. Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh are the three states of serious concern.
  3. As of date, Maharashtra has contributed 57 per cent of total cases and 47 per cent of deaths in the past two weeks.
  4. Punjab, on the other hand, contributed 4.5 per cent of the total number of cases in the past 14 days but accounted for 16.3 percent of the number of deaths, which is a matter of serious concern.
  5. Similarly, though Chhattisgarh has contributed 4.3 per cent of total cases in the country over the past 14 days, its contribution in total death has exceeded 7 per cent during the same period.
  6. In another worrying trend, the Covid-19 doubling time dropped from 504 days on March 1 to 139 days on March 31 and further dropped to 115 days on April 4.
  7. A special week-long campaign for Covid appropriate behaviour would be launched on 6 April with emphasis on 100 percent mask usage, personal hygiene and sanitation at public places.