The BJP government at the Centre took the killer virus for granted and allowed Kumbha Mela and engaged in massive campaigns assembly election-bound states.
While 9.1 million pilgrims had taken a holy dip in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar from January 14 to April 27, at least six million people congregated in April, coinciding with the worst surge by the second wave of the pandemic. The number of infections rose by 1500% in a month in West Bengal. These are glittering proof of total violation of prescribed COVID-19 protocols.
Interestingly, it was reported that Arunachal Pradesh did not record any fresh case in the last 24 hours and the tally remained at 16,827.
The total number of recoveries touched 16,758 with the recovery of two more patients on Thursday while active cases were only 13 and total death 56.
There was a lull after the first wave because of committed services offered by 'Team Arunachal' led by H&FW Minister Alo Libang and secretary Dr. P Partiban.
Thus, saluting the 'Team Arunachal' spirit reflected by one and all, particularly frontline workers, health workers, doctors, and nurses, Minister Libang had said that this milestone would not have been possible without the whole-hearted cooperation of the people.
But undoubtedly complacency crept in for the state to lose its zero COVID-19 status with the virus surfacing again in an intensified form.
While 9.1 million pilgrims had taken a holy dip in the Ganga at Har ki Pauri Ghat in Haridwar from January 14 to April 27, at least six million people congregated in April, coinciding with the worst surge by the second wave of the pandemic.Roing, headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley district, alone reported seven new COVID-19 cases as reported by district epidemiologist Kuk Megu. This had raised the number of active cases to 29 from 18 a day earlier and pushed the total caseload to 16,873 and total recoveries to 16,788 while the number of deaths stands at 56.
All were males in the 16-17 age group from Medical Colony, Upper Market, Mayu, Mayu-II, New Colony & Police Colony, except one 47 of Police Colony.
This clearly proved a violation of prescribed COVID-19 protocol intentionally or unintentionally but the need of the hour for the civil society to follow Covid protocol strictly or else it would be beyond imagination if the virulent form of second-wave virus intensifies.
With deaths of one COVID-19 patient each at Roing, headquarters of Lower Diabang Valley district, and Pasight, headquarters of East Siang district, on 25.04.21 the total death toll rose to 58, Minister Libang said.
The COVID-19 status of the state that day was 17, 546 cases including 550 active, 16,940 recoveries.
But, the state's COVID-19 case trajectory continues to spiral upward and the status on April 29 reported 194 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day spike, pushing the tally to 18,256 while the death of a 55-year-old male teacher of Itanagar Govt HS School pushed the death toll to 59 though 17,038 have recovered, according to state surveillance officer Dr. Lobsang Jampa.
The COVID-19 recovery rate stood at 93.58% and the positivity rate at 6.09% on April 30, he added.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 vaccinating drive launched on January 16 last has been continuing across the state, said state immunization officer Dr. Dimong Padung, adding a total of 2,34,873 frontline workers, health workers, and those belonging to 45-year and above age groups have been inoculated so far.