Maharashtra reported 6,51,513 cases of Kovid-19 in March this year, which is 88.23 percent of the total cases reported in the last five months. According to official data, 7,38,377 cases of corona virus were reported between October 1 and February 28, 2021 last year. The data shows that the rate of infection has increased in March 2021 as compared to the previous months. Experts say that the main reason for this is that people are not adopting appropriate behavior in relation to protection from Kovid-19.
Experts say that many people did not follow the rules of proper distance and did not even put on masks. Due to which cases of infection have increased. A member of the state Kovid-19 workforce told PTI, “There was a lot of discussion between the state officials and ministers about increasing the fine amount for those who do not wear masks.” Some pressure could be created, but the government does not want to strictly follow the instructions.
However, a senior state health official said that people cannot be pressurized beyond a point. He said, “The working class (low income group) in the state wants to go to work.” The same is true for micro, small and medium scale industries. These are labor-intensive sectors and we cannot stop people from traveling. Another health official said that cleanliness is a matter related to behavior and lifestyle.
People may get irritated when they go to work or office asking to wash their hands all the time. He said, “We have seen that people adopt proper behavior in relation to Kovid-19 for one to three weeks and after that start to relax. At the same time there is a risk of getting infected. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan had recently mentioned similar reasons in a letter to the Chief Secretary of Maharashtra. He also underlined the need to supervise patients who do not follow segregated habitat regulations.