The Covid-19 pandemic: How the new variant has spread across mega cities and led to a massive surge in poll-bound states?

NEW DELHI: The raging third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has yet again disrupted normal life of the people in the metropolitan cities. The mega cities are grappling with the sudden spike in cases fueled by the Omicron variant. Even though, hospitalization has not significantly increased but the rising trend in the number of daily infections continues to be a cause of worry.

Mumbai, the financial capital of India, has recorded the highest number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Maharashtra has the highest number of active cases in the country with relatively less casualties given the population. Delhi, emerging as one of the Covid hotspots is witnessing an upward trend as cases soar to record in the national capital.

Southern states including Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu are emerging as a cause of concern contributing to the country’s total caseload.

The scenario in the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Uttarakhand, Punjab and Manipur is quite worrisome. Though the Election Commission has barred roadshows, physical rallies and strictly advised states to adhere to Covid appropriate behavior yet the fear of the third wave looms large.

The third wave is expected to decline from the beginning of the next month. Until then, the centre has urged states to be on constant vigil to curb the rapid spread of the virus. Testing capacity and vaccination has been ramped up in the country. Cities with high test positivity rate have imposed lockdown like curbs.

The Omicron cases reported in the country are said to be mild so far with low hospitalization rate but considering the vaccination count in the country, it is of utmost importance to follow Covid appropriate behavior, practice social distancing and other necessary guidelines issued by the health ministry to curb the rapid spread.

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