Health experts in Vizag opine that people are not adhering to COVID-appropriate behaviour and the circulation of highly infectious strains of SARS-COV-2 could be the primary reasons behind the surge in coronavirus infections in the city day after day. Doctors working in the government and in private hospitals also warned that if the situation is not reversed, then the galloping infection rate will eventually cause a huge strain on the country’s healthcare system. So, they seek stricter enforcement of COVID-appropriate behaviour on the ground level by the district administration and police authorities.
In February, when cases started to decrease, people became lax towards following COVID-appropriate behaviour as they thought the virus had become ineffective and people started taking the disease lightly now. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Ravi Roy, the owner of the car mechanic shop, said if you go out, you see that marketplaces, restaurants and shopping malls are crowded without following covid-19 protocol. In the past, when if one person was able to infect around 30 per cent of their contacts, this time those getting the disease are infecting a larger number of people, he said.
The rate of spread of the infection is fast possibly due to the highly infectious and transmissible strains circulating,” said, a junior resident doctor working in the KGH. Entire humanity is going through a difficult time and unless it is important, people should not venture out, he added. So, “it has to be ensured that there is no gathering and stricter enforcement of COVID-appropriate behaviour has to be ensured”.
Experts also opine that various strains of SARS-CoV-2, including the UK, South Africa and Brazil variants, are circulating in India and have been termed as highly transmissible. A senior immunologist working for corporate hospitals in Vizag said “We may lose the gains we have made so far if we do not pay heed now,” and the current situation may completely get out of control, he said.