Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the country amid concerns about the arrival of the third wave of corona in the country. The Health Ministry has already said that there is still a second wave in the country.
News agency PTI quoted sources as saying that PM Modi also reviewed the Kovid-19 vaccination campaign in the country during the meeting. Earlier, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said that the second wave of corona virus in India is not over yet.
The Health Secretary had said that 35 districts are still reporting weekly Covid positivity rates of more than 10 per cent, while in 30 districts it is between five and 10 per cent.
Meanwhile, on the vaccination front, the central government on Thursday said that more than half of India’s adult population has received at least one dose of the Kovid-19 vaccine, while 18 percent have received both. A total of 72 crore vaccine doses have been given in the country so far.
Last month, a panel set up by the central government in its new report warned that the third wave of corona could peak around October. It also said that the public health system should have better medical preparedness for children who may be at the same risk as adults.
Third wave warning
The report of a committee of experts constituted under the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), which was constituted by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, states, “Pediatric (control) facilities including doctors, staff, equipment like ventilators, ambulances etc. are involved, are nowhere which may be needed in case a large number of children get infected.
According to the report, there is no direct evidence that children in India will be affected more in a possible third wave. However, reports suggest that children still remain a cause for concern as they are yet to be vaccinated. Experts have warned of a third Covid wave if the situation is not under control during the festive season.
Changes can also come after a day’s decline in the cases of infection. On March 8, when the cases of Kovid fell from about 18,000 to 15,000 in a day, but a week later, cases started coming up to 40,000 in a day, which marked the beginning of the second wave in the country.
Professor Gagandeep Kang told Aaj Tak that if the situation did not change much, the third wave of Kovid-19 infection would be “hill, if the second wave was a steep mountain.”
He says that no one can predict the third wave of Kovid-19 infection. Professor Kang said that no one can predict whether the virus will change further and become more dangerous.
Meanwhile, the seasonal flu has engulfed parts of northern India, creating confusion over a possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.