The Hindu Editorial Analysis : 24th November 2022

The Hindu Editorial Analysis:

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We all are aware of the importance of reading The Hindu newspaper with the aspect of improving reading ability, easily comprehending paragraphs, getting updated with the current events, improving essay writing and many more. For a banking aspirant it becomes necessary to read editorials for vocabulary. In this article we are going to discuss the points of today’s editorials with practice questions and important vocabs.

Time to ease norms.

  • As the third winter begins in India after the Covid-19 pandemic began in January 2020, fresh daily infections of the novel coronavirus, there was a small spike in July and August, have been dipping since the third wave peaked in late January 2022.
  • Daily new cases nationally dropped below the 1,000 mark after November first week, and below 500 in the last four days.
  • While the case decline may not be a true reflection of the actual level of infection in the population given in low level of testing across the country, the test positivity rate and the number of hospitalizations due to moderate to severe Covid-19 disease are at low level-a far very from the peak of the second wave in 2021.
  • Covid-19 deaths too have been very low,with many states not reporting any for days together; Kerala has been reporting some backlog deaths in certain days but nil fresh deaths on many days.
  • Nationally,the case fatality rate was 1.19% as of November 2022.
  • The situation in India is vastly different from what it is like in few other countries where the daily infections are witnessing a sharp spike.
  • Even the extremely high transmissive omicron sub-lineages and recombinant lineages have only caused a small spike in fresh cases but no concomitant increase in hospitalizations or deaths in India.
  • Given the very low number of cases and hospitalizations , the situations in India is no longer cause for concern.
  • Even with most businesses and educational institutions back to functioning as in the the pre-pandemic days.
  • The low level of infections notwithstanding, it is advisable that the vulnerable populations including the elderly and those with comorbidities at least wear a mask to reduce the risk of infections.
  • Long Covid-19 is real and poses a risk even to otherwise healthy people.
  • The virus is evolving, and the emerging variants of concern will, by default, be even more highly transmissive.
  • Their lethality cannot be predicted as transmission happens prior to disease onset and so the selection pressure is for higher transmission and not disease severity.

Practice Questions:

  • When was Covid-19 arrived in India?
  • When did Covid-19 rise to its peak?

Important Vocabs:

  • Severity- the quality or state of being severe
  • Lethal- that can cause death or great damage
  • Comorbidities- the simultaneous presence of two or more diseases or medical conditions in a patient.
  • Vulnerable- weak and easy to hurt physically or emotionally
  • Concomitant- naturally accompanying or associated

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