If Covid norms are not followed then India will experience third wave within 6 to 8 weeks: AIIMS Chief

Ambulance bring covid patient at lnjp hospital on news photo (Represented Image)

Ambulance bring covid patient at lnjp hospital on news photo (Represented Image)

New Delhi: If Covid-19 guidelines is not followed and crowding not prevented, then the next wave of the infection can strike the nation within the next six to eight weeks, AIIMS Direcr Randeep Guleria warned on Saturday.

Covid-19 guideline to be followed strictly until a sizeable number of population are vaccinated, he said, and stressed on the need of stricter surveillance and area- specific lockdowns in case of surge virus infection.

In the next wave of infection, there is no evidence to suggest that minors will be affected more than youngers.

Earlier, India's epidemiologists had warned that a 3rd of coronavirus is likely to start from September- October.

The country was hit severely by a brutal 2nd wave of the coronavirus pandemic in April and May, clamming a huge number of lives daily, with the shortage of Oxygen supply, medicines and bed availability at various hospitals in the whole country adding to the woes.

 However, in last several days, the number of cases have a downward trend and positivity rate has been shrinking too from 4 lakh+ case to 60 thousand cases.

“If Covid-appropriate behaviour is not followed, the third wave can happen in six to eight weeks. We need to work aggressively to prevent another large wave till vaccination kicks in,” Guleria told PTI.

“However, a national-level lockdown cannot be a solution (to rein in the pandemic) keeping economic activity in mind.”

The death toll climbed to 3,85,137 with 1,647 fresh fatalities and active cases comprise 2.55 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 96.16 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Source: The Wire

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