The India Inequality Report-2021 highlights why Odisha is failing to control the thick tail of Covid-19 second wave. Time for the State to look beyond the Ganjam model and take a leaf out of UP and Mumbai's book
Capping COVID19 Second Wave: Mumbai, UP Show The Way For Odisha
Even as Odisha struggles hard to bring the daily new Covid-19 cases down to a three-digit level, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government has successfully capped the daily corona count to mere two digits (around 80-95).
Moreover, when the BMC here is grappling to keep the daily positive tally in the State Capital below 2-digits, its counterpart - Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has successfully capped the daily count in between 400-600.
When Mumbai with a population of over 2.06 crore (2021 census projection) on July 20 had recorded around 501 new positives, Odisha's capital city, Bhubaneswar, with a population of over 11.95 lakh had recorded a high of 369 new cases on July 20.
Sample the struggle: Mumbai City had recorded 747 daily count of Covid-19 positives on June 20. The new cases on July 20 stood at 591. In contrast, the State Capital had 246 new cases on June 20, the daily count of the positives on July 20 in the Capital City was 369.
The numbers tell a bigger tale. While the BMC (Mumbai) is able to bring down the coronagraph, the BMC (Bhubaneswar) is yet to gain control over the virus. This is so when the Odisha Capital is leading the national chart with a full vaccination rate of over 27 per cent of the population. On the contrary, the full vaccinated proportion in Mumbai stood at 15.8 per cent.
Similarly, the proportion of fully vaccinated populace in Odisha as of date stood at over 7 per cent (33lakh had received 2-doses), the proportion in UP is estimated at around 3 per cent (2.8%). A total of over 67 lakh in Uttar Pradesh have been administered with 2-doses.
Glaring Input-Output Mismatch
In the indicator of a fully vaccinated populace, Odisha did score over UP and Mumbai. But when it comes to the output indicators - detection of new daily cases, Odisha falters. The State is lagging far behind UP and Mumbai.
Significantly, the glaring mismatch between input-output hints at conspicuous loopholes in the management of Covid-19 in Odisha.
How and where Odisha faltered has been revealed by the recently released India Inequality Report - 2021. First, consider the findings.
Where Are The Loopholes?
The Bottom Line: While the State has remained busy in self-patting its Ganjam model for containing the Covid-19 first wave, the thick tail of the Second wave is yet to thin out in Odisha. The spikes of the delta variant still retain the edge in the State, therefore, it's time for Odisha to look beyond and follow the UP and Mumbai models.