India News: Third wave of Covid-19- Dr. K. Vijaya Raghavan, one of India’s senior scientific advisor to the PM, said that the third wave of pandemic in the country would be inevitable and nobody knows the time-scale when exactly the country might witness it so we must be better prepared to face the possibility of a third wave.
Third Wave of Covid-19
Upon addressing the media on the current developments on COVID-19 situation and the ongoing vaccine program, Raghavan said that the second wave of infections in the country, currently experiencing was not predicted beforehand. He also mentioned that states like Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and twelve more states have an active case of more than 1 lakh in number currently.
States like Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Bihar are some of the states that are continuously showing an upward trend in daily cases and 24 states and UTs show more than15% positivity rate now. With certain cities like Bengaluru, Gurugram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam recording rapid spread of cases, states like Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana are recording more and more deaths due to COVID-19.
Dr. K. Vijaya Raghavan said that a third wave of infections in the country is very inevitable and as the virus mutates possibly leading up to the third wave, it becomes more and more transmissible and become so in a way as they infect humans. He said scientists and medical experts are anticipating more mutated versions of the strain and are actively working towards to inventing medicinal tools to counter any mutated versions of the virus.
In response to a question Dr. V.K. Paul clarified that the virus does not spread through animals but only through human transmissions and our response to this virus must be the same maintaining social distancing, wearing masks, using sanitizers and importantly to avoid unnecessary social gatherings to avoid risks of contracting the virus from anyone.
India’s rising cases is directly tied to the slow down of vaccination process in the country due to supply problems. Many cities and states across the country are reporting huge shortage of vaccines that could potentially be the reason for a consistent incline in daily and weekly cases.