With COVID-19 cases rising in some parts of the country, one in three Indians believe the fourth wave has begun. However, more than half of Indians believe that experts will also be able to effectively handle this surge, according to a survey by LocalCircles.
It comes as India reported 2,927 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the number of active cases to 16,279. India reported 32 deaths, bringing the total death toll to 5 ,23,654. The recovery rate was recorded at 98.75%.
Following this, the survey found that one in three Indians surveyed believe the fourth wave of COVID-19 has already started. When asked when they expect the fourth wave to start considering the reopening of international flights and the resurgence of COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR, 29% said no in 2022, while 4% replied that not for at least six months. However, 34% said it had already started in April, 13% said May-June, 7% said July-August, and 4% said September-October. Nine percent had no opinion. This indicates that one in three Indians believe the fourth wave has already started.
When asked whether, given the circulation of 5-7 variants, how confident respondents were in India’s ability to handle things effectively, 55% said they were “very confident “, while 29% answered “rather confident”, 4% answered “very little confident” and 8% “not at all confident”.
It comes after the government stepped up preparedness during the second wave which exposed India’s crumbling health infrastructure. With additional measures and strict guidelines, India was able to weather the Omicron wave with fewer casualties.
Now, at the start of what appears to be the fourth wave, respondents want the Ministry of Health to require all districts to report COVID-19 cases daily. A majority – 83% – said they wanted the government to require districts to report daily cases, while 12% did not.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to meet the Chief Ministers of all States and Union Territories today to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the country.
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