The second wave of COVID-19 has been all the more devastating for India. The surge that began in the mid of March, has rapidly reached a point where almost 4 lakh cases are being recorded every day. The weekly fluctuations in the number of cases are regarded as signs of the peak still being distant. Though an accurate assessment of the virus’s extent is possible only with extensive testing.
After being calamitous in the big cities, where hospitals and burial grounds have run out of space, the virus is now spreading to the small towns. With a firm grip over the small Indian cities, the devastation is still under-reported.
The national helpline number 1075, 1930, 1944 are toll-free and are active 24X7. The previous helpline number +91 11 23978046 is also available.
A helpline email ID has also been launched by the Union Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org
To raise awareness as well as curb the spread of any misinformation, a WhatsApp chatbot has been introduced. You can reach out to the health ministry at +91-9013151515. When you send a ‘Hi’ message to this number you would receive an automated message. After this, you can receive relevant answers to any Covid related query.
Helpline Numbers State Wise (Covid-19)
STATE HELPLINE NUMBERS
|State/ Union Territory||Helpline Number|
|Andaman & Nicobar||03192-232102|
|Dadra Nagar Haveli||104|
|Uttar Pradesh||1800 180 5145|
|West Bengal||1800 313 444 222
A 24×7 control room has also been set up to deal with COIVID-19 related queries:
011-22307145, 22300012 and 22300036
- North Delhi: 011-27708768
- South Delhi: 011-29531277
- West Delhi: 011-25195529
- North-West Delhi: 011-25951182
- South-West Delhi: 011-25066674
- South-East Delhi: 011-26476410
- North-East Delhi: 011-22115289
- New Delhi: 011-23385743
- Central Delhi: 011-23270151
- Shahdara: 011-22111077
With the activation of these helpline numbers and portals, the Government is trying to:
- Help the citizens gather accurate information about COVID-19 and also clarify their doubts about the disease
- People in distress can call these numbers to get information about the nearest COVID-19 prevention center’s, their address and contact details
- One can also get in touch with the district surveillance units to report cases of COVID-19.
With heartbreaking stories coming from the length and breadth of the country, the second Covid wave is wreaking havoc. Amid the unabated rise in the cases, our healthcare system seems to crumble by the day. The launch of these helplines is another endeavour of the authorities to make the information as well as prevention of this deadly disease more accessible.