With India accounting for almost half of the COVID-19 cases reported across the world last week, Dr K Vijay Raghavan, the government’s top scientific adviser has warned that a third wave of COVID-19 is inevitable. The second wave of the pandemic has wreaked havoc across India with queues outside hospitals and crematoriums getting longer due to a shortage of oxygen, beds and medicines.
Dr K Vijay Raghavan at a government briefing said, “Phase 3 (third wave) is inevitable, given the high levels at which this virus is circulating. But it is not clear at what time scale this Phase 3 will occur.”
He said that the current surge in COVID cases is due to the Indian double mutant variant as the spread of the UK variant has slowed down. He also said that the vaccines need to be updated to tackle the new strains that are resulting in a faster spread of the viral infection.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in its weekly epidemiological report that India accounted for 46 per cent of global cases and 25 per cent of global deaths reported in the past week.
Several states have imposed restrictions
Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases, several states have imposed a lockdown and stringent restrictions to break the chain of transmission. However, these steps have so far not resulted in a major impact on the surging cases and deaths.
Many states are also contemplating a lockdown. However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that lockdown should be the last resort for state governments.
COVID-19 situation in India
The health ministry on Wednesday informed that over 3.82 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 2.06 crore.
Also, 3,780 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 2,26,188. It is the highest number of deaths reported in a day since the pandemic began last year.
Of the over 2.06 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 34.87 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 16.87 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.69 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
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