The novel coronavirus emerging from Wuhan city in China in December 2019 is continuing to ravage the world due to its highly infectious nature. 'Do gaaj duri aur mask hey jaruri' this warning message has been doing the rounds in social media since the outbreak of the pandemic. However, knowingly or unknowingly people have failed to maintain physical distance that has hastened the spread of the killer virus.
Many social and political leaders too have got infected with the virus and few have also died due to post COVID complications. The death of former Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, one of India's most cerebral and respected politicians, on August 31 and Tarun Gogoi, the longest serving Chief Minister of Assam on November 23 are glaring examples.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on November 25 to inform state governments to keep logistics ready for vaccine roll outPost COVID complications have indeed been posing serious challenges. With infections rising and complications causing more deaths, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued fresh guidelines for surveillance, containment and caution.
The guidelines state that: Listing of contacts shall be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with their tracking, identification, quarantine and follow up of contacts for 14 days (80% of contacts to be traced within 72 hours).
On the other hand, as news about various vaccines in the last few days brought some cheer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting on November 25 with chief ministers to inform state governments to keep logistics ready for vaccine roll out. However he maintained that the primary focus of the states should still be in containing the spread of COVID19, especially after the post festival surge being seen in several states.