What is the current situation of COVID-19 in India?
According to WHO, as of 14th September 2021, India has reported a total of 33,289,579 confirmed cases with the highest number of cases in a day (414,188) reported on 7th May 2021. From mid-July to the end of August 2021 the daily cases were around 40,000. Since then it has started to decline gradually, reaching around 25,000 per day in September.
In the past week (9-14 September), as compared to the previous week (1-7 September), a notable decline (20%) in the total number of cases reported across India. Higher decline has been reported from Maharashtra (-63%), Uttar Pradesh (-47%), Ladakh (-39%) and Tripura (-37%).
The reason for the decline in COVID cases can be because of an increase in vaccination and strict following of covid appropriate behaviour (that includes regular hand sanitization and use of masks). With the prediction of the third wave of COVID in India, we all need to strive to reduce the impact on lives of people, so it is important to keep wearing masks even after vaccination. (Source: WHO)
Should you wear masks even after vaccination?
It is important to wear masks even after vaccination to save others who are not vaccinated yet and children plus young adults below 18 years of age. Children are not yet vaccinated and it is difficult for young children to wear masks so it is important to wear masks to save children from getting infected. Vaccination prevents serious illness but people with diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cancer and other immunocompromised conditions are still at high risk, so it’s important to keep wearing masks.
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