On the face of grim COVID-19 scenario across the country, the Centre is putting a brave front to keep up the morale of people by showcasing recoveries of virus patients rather than deliberating on spread. It has been a smart public relations exercise to hide the failures of the government as well. This does not change the situation on ground, which is becoming volatile with the nation surging ahead in registering numbers of pandemic cases. Patting its own back, the government is only buying time instead of controlling the spread. That India is faring better than many developed nations in all parameters of COVID-19 is not an answer to the apprehensions among the people. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has been highlighting the ‘continuously rising’ recovery rate and ‘progressively falling’ fatality rate in the country but remains silent on the surge in new cases. The government will have to do something revolutionary in containing the spread, which may include implementation of guidelines vigorously and if needed the violators should be punished and penalised for making their immediate vicinity vulnerable. Till the time a vaccine is available, the social vaccine in the form of masks or face covers, hand washing and maintaining physical distancing need to be adhered to. The government must step up an awareness campaign in this regard. Prevention is better than cure. This maxim fits well in the prevailing circumstances to remain free from viruses. There has to be public initiative in this regard. On the part of the government, however, earnest and sincere efforts should be made to upgrade logistics in the health institutions to fight pandemic. The situation is alarming as the cases in the country have mounted to 61,45, 291 with 70,589 new infections, while the death toll has reached 96,318 after 776 people succumbed to the disease in a span of last 24 hours. The COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.57 per cent, which should be brought down by stepping up facilities in the hospitals. It is need of the time given the fast spike in cases. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23 and 40 lakh on September 5. It went past 50 lakh on September 16 and crossed 60-lakh mark on September 28. The nation cannot afford its further rise as the resources are scarce to meet the challenge.
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