Kathakali Dutta is a second semester student of the Master of Communication and Journalism (Integrated) programme at the School of Mass Communication, KIIT Deemed University, Bhubaneswar.
Recent COVID-19 data furnished by a few states and Union Territories shows that there are early signs of improvement in the number of daily coronavirus cases, according to the government.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand are some of the states reporting a decline in daily infections thereby providing hope of some respite from the deadly second wave that has grasped the whole country since March.
India hit the four-lakh mark in terms of fresh cases on April 30. The numbers fell slightly on May 1 and 2, to 3,92,488 and 3,68,147, respectively. The seven-day measuring average growth rate is now 2.9 percent, according to The Times of India.
Maharashtra has been the epicenter of the virus and reporting the highest cases of infection across the country. The state, however, recently witnessed a slight curb in the infection rate.
It is significant to note that several states including Maharashtra, Karnakata, Gujarat, Odisha, and West Bengal have imposed temporary lockdown or stricter restrictions to tackle the surge. Hence a restriction in movement could also be a reason for the dip in the cases.
Meanwhile, Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Kerala are some of the states that continue to see a spike every day, requiring immediate action to break the transmission chain.
Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the Union Health Ministry, reiterated that continued containment measures at the district and state levels are necessary if the progress has to be maintained and to further reduce the cases. He also expressed concern about a large number of deaths, saying that there are several reasons to worry.
Reacting to the claims of improvement in the COVID situation, experts have said that it is too early to even consider this as a trend.
"You cannot establish a trend by looking at 48-72 hours data. This could be an aberration, and needs to sustain for a few weeks before something can be declared concretely," a senior public health expert told Hindustan Times.
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