Covid-19 started in India on January 30, 2020 and slowly the number started increasing that led to nationwide lockdown. By the end of the 2020, cases started declining and from January 16, 2021 vaccination started. Now once again the coronavirus cases have started rising in India. According to the ministry of health and family welfare the total cases of coronavirus disease on February 24 was more than 1.10 crore. It appears that India is again witnessing the 2020 trend.
The Centre has announced the second phase of nationwide vaccination from March 1 in which citizens above the age of 60 years and also those more than 40 years with co-morbidities will be vaccinated.
Two new strains have been identified apart from the UK, South Africa and Brazil in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana.
In Maharashtra, samples of infected patients from around eight districts have been sent to various laboratories to find out if any new variant is responsible for the increase in cases. Reports are also there that more than 300 students and teachers have been tested positive in Washim district. According to health department officials the rise in cases are due to people becoming careless in following the Covid protocol, weather, local elections, weddings, social gatherings etc. Meanwhile, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot expressing concern over increasing corona cases in neighbouring States called a meeting. It has been decided that people travelling from Maharashtra and Kerala to Rajasthan should mandatorily carry RT-PCR negative reports with them. In the meeting, a decision was taken to carry out an awareness campaign for corona vaccination from March first week. Gehlot has appealed to all the people to follow the Covid protocol by wearing masks, maintain distance of two-yards and wash hands with soap frequently. He has also asked people not to be scared of the corona vaccine and get inoculated as and when their number comes.