Lakkoju Nagesh Babu
Visakhapatnam, July 17
It’s chock-a-block at traffic junctions during peak hours, rush is as usual at malls, wine shops, meat stalls, fish makers, adhar centres, rythu bazaars and beaches. It all shows that people hardly learnt any lesson from the mental agony suffered by many who lost their dear ones during the first and second waves of the Covid-19.
With the government opening the doors wide open for the tourism sector, people start thronging their favorite spots throwing all Covid norms to winds and not giving two hoots about the third wave threat which, experts say, is imminent.
While social distancing is seen no where, it seems people are wearing a mask fearing fine. According to a survey, only 15 per cent wear mask properly.
Cases still in three digits
Though the corona curve is on the downward trend in the district, its flattening is not total as new cases still hover between 100 and 200 but for a day or two in a week. Over 2,000 persons at present are getting treatment either at hospitals or in their homes.
Andhra Pradesh is among the five States from where Covid deaths are still being reported.
A record number of persons were vaccinated when the government conducted a special drive last month. However, later it became slow and many who got the first shot are waiting for the second dose.
According to sources in the medical and health department, over 17,00,000 in the district have been vaccinated till date against the total population of 43,00,000.
“The government should speed up vaccination to minimise the cases in case of any third wave. Similarly, people, keeping in view the warnings of experts, should wear masks and follow social distance, ” said D. B. Uday Kumar, correspondent of Keystone School in the city.
Meanwhile, the district administration is prepared itself to meet any challenges in case the third wave threat becomes a reality.