December 8, 2022

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Third wave of COVID likely in December: Health Minister Tope

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The third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic is likely in December, according to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, but it would have a minor impact.

The third wave of the Covid-19 epidemic is likely in December, according to Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, but it would have a minor impact. Medical oxygen and ICU beds will not be necessary for the third wave, according to Tope.

According to a PTI report, “the third wave is likely to be moderate, and medical oxygen and ICU beds would not be necessary.”

Tope commented on the current coronavirus scenario, saying that because 80 percent of Maharashtra’s inhabitants are vaccinated, the infection rate and mortality rate are currently low.

The Maharashtra health department said on Tuesday that in the 24 hours leading up to Tuesday, the state had reported 766 coronavirus infections and 19 deaths, despite the fact that active cases in the state had remained below 10,000 for the third day in a row.

As of Tuesday, the state of Maharashtra had 66,31,297 coronavirus cases. According to Tope, the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic occurred in September 2020, and the second wave occurred in April of this year.

Tope said he met with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya last week to get approval from the Centre to deliver a booster dose of vaccination to health workers, frontline workers, old citizens, and vulnerable groups, as well as to inoculate children aged 12 to 18 against Covid-19.

“Mandaviya said he’d talk to the ICMR about it and get back to me,” Tope stated.

Meanwhile, Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, has stated that a third Covid wave of comparable magnitude to the first two is unlikely to hit India, citing the absence of a surge in cases as evidence that vaccines are still protecting against the virus and that there is no need for a booster dose for the time being.

Guleria praised the country’s ongoing Covid immunisation campaign, claiming that no booster dose is required at this time.

According to him, “Currently, there is no increase in COVID-19 instances. As a result, there is currently no requirement for a booster dose in India.”

Medical specialists have also stated that a third Covid-19 wave as catastrophic as the second is improbable, though cases may increase, maybe between late December and February, with a lower impact.

 

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