Second wave of Coronavirus!

Autumn’s lower temperatures plus the reopening will undoubtedly bring on a second wave of the coronavirus in India. The crisis unfolding is worse than we imagined with the virus reaching rural India. Experts suggest that the Covid-19 pandemic will peak at different times in different parts of the country. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh currently have the highest number infections; of these, the last three states have experienced late surges.
India's COVID-19 caseload went past 56 lakh with 83,347 infections being reported in a day, while over 45 lakh people have recovered from the disease, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.  The national recovery rate stands at 81.25 per cent.
The coronavirus caseload surged to 56,46,010, while the death toll climbed to 90,020 with 1,085 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The total recoveries surged to 45, 87,613 in the country so far. The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection has dropped to 1.59 per cent.
There are calls in some quarters for testing on a mass scale, and then there are those who would rather have only the symptomatic tested. Those less cautious seem reckless, the ones are more cautious insane. The period since the first shutdown has shown which activities are the safest and which strategies work best. The government’s focus, too, has shifted from the number of infections to the recoveries.
A renewed urgency for health infrastructure, doctors, drugs, ventilators and a prompter and more localised administrative response coordinated by the state governments and effectively bolstered by central funds and support is the absolute need of the hour. Of these, drug manufacture is our area of strength and we have done some good work on expanding laboratory and testing infrastructure.
Everyone has a coronavirus story — panic, anxiety, grief, quarantine, stigma, loss of livelihood, job cuts, income reduction, isolation, loneliness, even work from home. The long-haul nature of the virus is no more a scientific thesis, it is an accepted reality. The new rules of living are hard but inescapable.

- Prabhakar Purandare

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