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AfteradebilitatingsecondwaveofCOVID-19,cash-strappedStategovernmentshaverespondedtofallingcaseswithaswiftunlockprogrammeinmostdistricts.SomeStateshaveoptedtoopenthefloodgates,allowingdine-inrestaurants,gymnasia,mostshopsandreligiouscentresinareaswithlowtestpositivityratesforthecoronavirus.Lockdown-wearycitizens,ontheirpart,havegreetedthereopeningwithroadtripstotouristcentres,eventravellingacrossinter-Stateborders.Thisisnotsurprising,consideringthatthecountryhasgonethroughweeksofanguish,whendeathandmiserytouchedthelivesofmillions.Thedéjàvumoment,worryinglysimilartothemisplacedoptimismfollowingthefirstwave,isatimeforcautionandtoavoidthemisstepsthatproducedthedeadlysecondwave.Already,Maharashtrahasexpressedworrythatthereisanoticeableriseincasesinjustaweek;theexperienceofotherStateswillsoonbeknown.Thereisalottobeconcernedabout,sincethehighlytransmissibledeltavariantofthevirusthatoverrancitiesandruralareasinApril-Maycontinuestothreatenunvaccinatedpopulations,seniorcitizensandpeoplewithweakimmunityinparticular.Thelikelyriskforchildrenalsocausesapprehension.Thatithasmorphedintoadeltaplusvariantthroughafreshmutationunderscorestheneedforgreatervigilance.
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