Lockdown has been relaxed in many states of the country including Telangana, Karnataka. As soon as the exemption is given, people have started being careless once again, in view of which AIIMS Director Dr. Randeep Guleria has warned that if the covid-appropriate behavior is not followed, then it can come to India in 6 to 8 weeks. Meanwhile, the Central Government on Saturday appealed to the States and Union Territories to intensify the vaccination campaign and adopt COVID friendly practices, testing-monitoring-treatment (testing, tracing and treatment) while lifting the lockdown to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic. ) and adopt the ‘most important’ 5 strategies like vaccination.
lockdown should be removed carefully
In a message sent to all the states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that anti-COVID-19 vaccination is extremely important in the current scenario to break the chain of spread of infection. He said that in such a situation, the states and union territories should speed up the pace of vaccination. The Home Secretary said that during the second wave of the pandemic, many states and union territories recorded a significant increase in the number of cases and many imposed restrictions to contain the spread of the infection. He said, ‘In view of the reduction in infection cases, many states and union territories have started giving relief in restrictions, so I would like to underline that the process of lifting the lockdown should be carefully systematic and based on the assessment of the ground situation. ‘
Kovid rules were not followed in the markets
The Home Secretary said that there is a need for regular monitoring of COVID friendly behavior to tackle the infection so that loopholes can be avoided. He said that this practice includes the use of masks, washing hands, maintaining social distance and ensuring that closed spaces are ventilated. He said, ‘Relief in restrictions in some states led to crowding in the market and rules related to prevention of Covid-19 were not followed.’ He said that in order to control the spread of infection on a continuous basis, it is necessary that a strategy like test-surveillance-treatment should be resorted to and especially it should be ensured that the test rate does not decrease.
Third wave of corona in 6 to 8 weeks
Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), warned that a third wave of corona could knock in the country in the next 6 to 8 weeks if COVID-appropriate behavior is not followed. He said that till a large number of the population is vaccinated, there is a need to aggressively follow the COVID-appropriate behavior. Earlier, epidemiologists in India had indicated that a third wave of COVID-19 is on the horizon and is likely to start from September-October.
Need to watch for early signs of increase in infection
Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said that as the pandemic situation keeps changing, there is a need to keep a close watch on early signs of increase in the number of patients undergoing treatment or increase in infection rate. He said that there is a need to put in place a mechanism at the small scale to ensure that as and when cases start increasing in small places, it is dealt with through local control measures as per the guidelines by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Lowest active cases after 74 days
After the arrival of 60,753 new cases of Covid-19 in the country in a day, the total number of infection cases has increased to 2,98,23,546, while the number of active cases has increased to 7,60,019 which is the lowest in 74 days. According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry till 8 am on Saturday, the death toll has risen to 3,85,137 due to the loss of 1,647 more people. The number of active cases is 2.55% of the total cases of infection while the national rate of people recovering from Covid-19 is 96.16%.
[Attribution to NBT]