India may ease coronavirus restrictions, says WHO

New Delhi: Monday was an important day for India in the fight against the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. The daily Covid-19 infection rate remained below five percent for the 14th consecutive day.

According to the parameters of the World Health Organization (WHO), the country can now be freed from restrictions, but experts are careful in announcing it.

The daily infection rate in India was recorded at 3.83 percent on Monday. The daily infection rate was 4.6 percent on June 7, since then it has remained below five percent. Experts say that this is a positive aspect, but there is a need to be very careful now. 

New variants of the virus are coming out and the daily infection case also remains above 50 thousand. In many districts of the country, the infection rate is currently more than five percent.

What is the WHO scale?

According to WHO, if the daily infection rate remains below five percent for 14 consecutive days in an area or country, then it can be opened i.e. restrictions can be removed. According to this parameter, the end of the second wave in India can be considered.

Why are experts not announcing?

Experts are reluctant to announce the end of the second wave

The question arises whether the country’s figures are correct according to the WHO parameters. New cases are also declining daily, yet why are experts shying away from announcing the end of the second wave?

The second wave hit when the infection rate was one percent

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In February this year the country was celebrating the end of the first wave and conveniently overlooked the impending second wave. The second wave hit when the national infection rate in the country was one percent.

Heavy negligence

In February, when the infection rate was less than one percent, people abandoned preventive measures.

In the first week of February, when the number of new cases came below 10,000 and the infection rate was less than one percent, people abandoned preventive measures. No one was wearing a mask nor was anyone maintaining a distance of two yards. 

The crowd in the markets increased as if everything became normal. It soon bore the brunt. In March, the delta variant spread so rapidly that no one had a chance to recover. Soon the whole country came under the grip of a frightening second wave and in the first week of May, new cases crossed four lakhs.

Cases are declining, but still high

The cases of infection are definitely decreasing, but still their number remains high. The national infection rate has come down below five percent, but in many districts it is still more than five percent.

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