Health workers at a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up at a banquet hall in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, April 21, 2021. | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg
File photo of health workers at a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in New Delhi | Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee | Bloomberg
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New Delhi: With the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic wreaking havoc across the country, a new survey has found that 61 per cent Indians are “angry, upset, depressed or worried” about the virus.

The survey by LocalCircles, a community social media platform, also noted that 45 per cent of the total respondents felt that the Government of India was not on the right track to tackle the second wave of the virus.

Published Wednesday, the survey aimed to understand what Indians were feeling vis-a-vis the resurgent Covid wave and the government’s response to it.

In response to a question aimed to understand the collective pulse of Indians on the current situation, out of the 8,141 responses received, 23 per cent said they were “anxious or worried”, 20 per cent said they were “upset and angry”, 10 per cent said they were “extremely angry”, 8 per cent said they were “depressed, gloomy or sad” and only 7 per cent said they were “calm or peaceful”. Meanwhile, 28 per cent said that they were “optimistic and hopeful”.

The survey further revealed that 51 per cent of the total respondents were also unsure if the experts were efficiently handling the virus across the country.


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Indians split on govt’s Covid response

According to LocalCircles, Indians were split on whether the government has been efficiently handling the second wave of the pandemic.

Out of a total of 8,367 respondents, 45 per cent said that India is not on the right track, 41 per cent said the government was on the correct track while 14 per cent are unsure.

“Wrong priorities, indecisiveness and lack of preparedness are key reasons why 45 per cent believe that India is not on the right track,” the survey said.

It also noted that many respondents were in favour of a single criteria that should be implemented for district-level lockdowns across the country.

The survey also asked citizens how confident they were that the experts in India have a handle on the situation. In response, out of 8,541 respondents to this, 25 per cent said they were “somewhat confident”, 28 per cent said “very little confidence” and 23 per cent of citizens said “not confident at all”.

LocalCircles received over 25,000 responses for its survey from 324 districts in the country. Of these, 65 per cent were men while 35 per cent were women. Furthermore, 44 per cent were from tier 1, 29 per cent were from tier 2 and 27 per cent were from tier 3,4 cities and rural districts.


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