Wave after wave of COVID-19 has caused havoc around the world. What started in China has caused a global upsurge, with India registering lakhs of deaths in the brutal second wave. However, the Indian Government has responded to the threat and taken stringent actions to detect, treat and reduce the transmission of the virus.
Here are some key steps taken by the Indian Government to fight the deadly virus.
Many Indian states have initiated night curfews from around 10 pm to 5/6 am to battle the raging second wave. Curfews essentially curb the unnecessary movement of people. However, the Government has continued the provisions for people engaged in essential services.
States like Maharashtra have also brought back the e-pass system for efficient crowd control. Only people in extreme emergencies will be issued the pass for inter-district or inter-state travel. Moreover, some state governments have also made it mandatory for traveling passengers to carry a negative RT-PCR test when entering the states. With such stringent guidelines, people will be discouraged from getting out a lot, which is the ultimate counter-attack against the virus.
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Since May 2021, vaccination is open for all Indians aged 18 and above. So far, over 25% of Indians have received the vaccine, with over 7% being fully vaccinated. With the accelerated vaccine strategy in place, more and more Indians will be inoculated against the fatal dangers of the notorious COVID-19 virus, thereby eliminating the possibility of any future waves and promising once and for all a return of normalcy.
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To combat the oxygen shortage, the Central Government also devised an oxygen quota for all states. It also urged India’s steelmakers to ramp up oxygen production at their plants. The state-owned Steel Authority of India supplied about 35,000 tons of oxygen by mid-April itself. Private enterprises like Tata Steel, Reliance Industries, JSW Steel, and Nippon also pledged to increasing oxygen and supplying it for medical usage.
In an effort to secure the life of front-line public health workers, the Government has launched the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan insurance scheme. This policy covers the families of those who have lost their lives on COVID-19 related duty.
Moreover, to extend support to the businesses, the Government has also released the Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme. This scheme helps aviation, travel, tourism, and hotel businesses to keep running amidst the financial slump. The Government has issued more than Rs. 3 Trillion to businesses in need of help.
The Indian Government is leaving no stone unturned in battling coronavirus. However, whether or not the Government has successfully contained the spread of COVID-19 in the country, only statistics can tell.
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