Third wave of COVID-19 may not happen, if we take strong measures, says Govt

Two days after he said the third Covid wave is ‘inevitable’, Principal Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister K VijayRaghavan Thursday said it can be prevented “if we take strong measures”.

“If we take strong measures, the third wave may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all. It depends much on how effectively the guidance is implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts and in the cities everywhere,” he said.

While briefing about the Covid-19 situation in the country, Additional Secretary (Health) Arti Ahuja informed that 12 States have more than one lakh active cases in, 50,000 to one lakh active cases in seven States, while 17 States have less than 50,000 active cases of Covid -19.

“Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Haryana and Bihar have a high caseload,” she said. Adding, “Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Telangana and Jharkhand are the states/UTs where cases were increasing earlier but are now plateauing gradually.”

The current surge in infections seems to be because of the Indian “double mutant” coronavirus and the spread of the UK variant has slowed, he had said, adding that vaccines will need to be updated to tackle the new strains that are spreading the contagion faster.

India’s healthcare system is crumbling under the weight of patients, with hospitals running out of beds and medical oxygen. Morgues and crematoriums cannot handle the number of dead and makeshift funeral pyres burn in parks and car parks.

The country reported another record daily rise in coronavirus cases, 4,14,188, on Friday. Deaths from Covid-19 rose by 3,915 to 2,34,083.