Bhopal: Cases on the rise in the UK after three months, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan worried

Amid fright of a likely third wave, state plans to vaccinate one million people

Staff ReporterUpdated: Saturday, June 19, 2021, 10:19 PM IST
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Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan |

BHOPAL: The state government is worried about a possible third wave of coronavirus. The number of corona cases has begun to increase in England after three months of lockdown. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan informed officials and ministers about the development at a virtual meeting on Saturday.

As the virus hasnot yet died out, the lockdown has not been completely lifted in England, he said. As soon as the lockdown is lifted, the people start mingling with each another and the virus resurges, he said.

According to Chouhan, scientists have warned the world about the possibility of a third wave, so the number of positive cases may increase. But the administration cannot afford to put the state under lockdown again and again. A way should be found to run the economy and to keep the virus at bay, he said.

He added that only the vaccine can stop the virus, so the government aims to inoculate one million people on June 21. There will be 7,000 centres where people will be vaccinated, but the government needs the cooperation of religious leaders, eminent people and voluntary organisations for the success of the campaign, he said.

The fright of the virus that devastated the state in a week is still fresh in the memory of citizens who saw people dying, but such sufferings cannot be endured any longer, he said. Vaccination is the only way to overcome a third wave of the virus, and it is necessary to dispel any doubts about the vials from the minds of the people, he said. As everyone needs to be jabbed soon, peopleís cooperation is needed, the chief minister added. According to Chouhan, only caution can stop the infection, so people should follow Covid-appropriate behaviour, he said.

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