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3rd Wave of Corona to Hit Maharashtra in December? Health Minister Rajesh Tope Issues Warning

The third wave of Covid 19 is likely to hit Maharastra mildly Maharastra health minister warns everyone about the third wave of Covid 19 which might hit Maharashtra

3rd Wave of Corona to Hit Maharashtra in December? Health Minister Rajesh Tope Issues Warning

Sentinel Digital Desk

MAHARASTRA: Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated that the third wave of Covid 19 will hit the state in December; however it will be mild in nature if vaccination continues at the same pace.

Maharashtra government has recommended vaccination for children aged 12-18, "As per the prediction of epidemiologists, waves come periodically in a given frequency. The first wave came in September 2020. The second wave came in April 2021. Now, the third wave is anticipated in December,"

The vaccination in the state has been high and therefore the effect of Covid 19 will be mild as predicted. "Over 80 per cent of people have been vaccinated in Maharashtra. Vaccination has played a major role in containing the spread of Covid-19. Infection is less, and mortality is near zero. A lot of immunity antibody is developed in students and youngsters. Though the third wave is expected in December, vaccination that has been done will ensure that infection will be very mild and requirement of ICU and oxygen will be low," he said.

On the other side, All India Institute of medical sciences (AIIMS) DIRECTOR Randeep Guleria said that decrease in covid cases shows that the third wave is fading day by day. It is very unlikely that we will see a huge third wave, but the disease will become endemic and the country will continue to record cases" and also suggested that there is no need for booster doses of vaccines. Dr Guleria was speaking at the launch of "Going Viral", a book on the making of Bharat Biotech's Covaxin, by ICMR Director-General Dr Balram Bhargava. He also said, "the disease will become endemic and we will continue to have cases… we will have some patients who will be sick but it will not be of the magnitude that we saw in the first and second waves and most of us will be protected."

Agreeing with the director Guleria many other experts said that the third wave will have less impact compared to what India has already seen in the last two waves. " A stepped-up vaccination campaign has meant that more people are protected against severe disease, hospitalization, and death", said Gautam Menon, professor, Departments of Physics and Biology, Ashoka University in Sonepat.

COVID 19 cases in Maharashtra

In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra registered 766 new COVID-19 infections and 19 new fatalities, despite the state's active cases remaining below 10,000 for the third day in a row. With the inclusion of additional infections and deaths, the statewide caseload has risen to 66, 31,297 cases and the death toll has risen to 1,40,766. On Monday, the state recorded eight new fatalities and 656 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day totals since April 2020.

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