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The Omicron wave in India is becoming uncontrollable. While 6,780 new cases of corona were reported in the country on 27 December 2021, the figure reached 1,93,418 after just 18 days. In view of the increasing infection of Corona, curfew, work from home and online studies have also started in many states. In such a situation, there is only one question in everyone’s mind that will there be a lockdown this time like the second wave?
At present, the central and state governments have not given any indication of a total lockdown. Let us understand in 4 points why it is not necessary to take such a decision.
(Kerala will not be counted in the data as the government here is now counting the deaths before the Omicron wave. So the number of deaths here every day is more than the actual number.)
1. Now the risk of death from Omicron is very low
Even though the number of corona patients has increased due to Omicron since December 27, but so far it has not proved to be as deadly as Delta. Keeping Kerala aside, the second wave of corona in the country had arrived on 12 February 2021. The third wave started on 22 December 2021. The rate of corona deaths was 0.64% on the 23rd day of the delta wave. This is the average rate for a week. This rate is only 0.07% in the Omicron wave.
2. Even the peak of Omicron wave will not be fatal
It is being said that the peak of the Omicron wave will come in late January and early February. According to the data, the amount of damage caused to people during the peak of the delta wave, that situation will not happen during Omicron. Currently, Omicron’s cases in the country are 52% compared to Delta’s peak. At the same time, the mortality rate is only 3.3%. These figures will definitely increase when Omicron reaches its peak, but even then the deaths will be less compared to Delta.
3. Omicron’s peak in Delhi nears, but hospitalization patients are less
Talking about the capital, the wave of Omicron had come here only on 16 December. Omicron Peak is very close here. As on 13 January 2022, the number of patients in Delhi’s hospitals was 2,969. This number was 21,154 at the peak of the previous wave. Apart from this, the number of people living in home isolation has also jumped when Omicron is compared to Delta.
4. Both the public and the government will suffer economic loss
According to the Periodic Labor Force Survey 2019-20, there are around 2,50,000 casual workers and 20 lakh self-employed people in India. Due to the re-lockdown, there can be a huge financial crisis on them. Many of these people have not recovered from the loss caused by the last lockdown. Also, the government’s system will also deteriorate due to the lockdown. If the business is closed then the tax will come down. This will create economic pressure on the central and state governments.
Then what is the way to avoid Omicron?
If you want to avoid Omicron, then it is necessary to apply social distance and mask. Apart from this, this infection can be avoided only by increasing the vaccination and imposing the necessary restrictions when the peak of the third wave arrives.