Almost one lakh Covid-19 cases in a day!

India's Covid-19 tally raced past 52 lakh with 96,424 people testing positive in a day, while the number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 41, 12,551 on Friday, according to the Union Health Ministry data. The country's recovery rate stands at 78.86 per cent. The total coronavirus cases mounted to 52, 14,677, while the death toll climbed to 84,372 with the virus claiming 1,174 lives in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Recently the Parliament had held a debate on the most pressing issue of contemporary times — the public health and the economic challenge posed by Covid-19. Health Minister Harsh Vardhan outlined the government’s efforts to tackle the pandemic, the improvement in the health infrastructure, the gains because of the lockdown, the low death rate in India, the medical efforts underway, and the need for constant caution.
In response, many Opposition leaders questioned the government’s assessment and critiqued the lack of initial preparation, the management of the lockdown, the economic contraction and the distress caused to migrant workers, and the rising case count in the country.
On the economy, while the government argues it has taken major steps to tackle distress through a stimulus and welfare measures, the Opposition believes that these steps have been inadequate. The expansive health and economic toll of the pandemic has made the richest countries pour billions of dollars to both fast-track vaccine development and seal advance purchase agreements with various vaccine companies.
No one can deny that India had the most stringent lockdown, the weakest stimulus, and has the hardest-hit GDP. During a debate on coronavirus crisis in Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the government wasted golden months to stop Covid-19.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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