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India managed the second wave of Covid “very well”; need to prepare for the third wave: Saraswat, member of Niti Aayog | India News


NEW DELHI: India has handled the second wave of Covid very well as the number of new cases has dropped significantly, said Niti Aayog member VK Saraswat, even as he emphasized that preparations must be in place to deal with the third wave that could affect the younger population more.
Saraswat further said that Indian epidemiologists have left very clear indications that the third wave of Covid-19 is inevitable and is likely to start between September and October, so the country should vaccinate as many people as possible.
“I think we have done reasonably well. We have handled the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic very well, as a result, the Covid-19 numbers have dropped significantly.”
“… we have been able to manage (the second wave Covid-19) with the help of our science and technology activities, creating oxygen banks, doing large number of industries to support oxygen supply. Using railways, using airports, using the military for the transport of liquid oxygen, “he told PTI.
From a daily case count of more than 4 lakh, the number of new Covid-19 cases has been hovering around 1.3 lakh in recent days.
Saraswat said that India’s handling of the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic was good and that the type of discipline that had been introduced at the time gave the country a lot of confidence to control the second wave of the pandemic.
“We did a fantastic job (in managing the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic), what we call emergency management,” he said.
Niti member Aayog noted that there was every indication that there could be a second wave of Covid-19, but studies by epidemiologists did not show that it was going to be such a strong wave.
“… activities like marriages, religious functions that took place during this time resulted in a certain amount of accelerated spread of Covid-19,” he noted.
Saraswat noted that in the first wave of Covid-19, the intensity was not vigorous, indicating that the country will be able to handle the second wave with the type of infrastructure created last year in terms of ventilators, hospital beds and ICU beds. .
“But in the second wave, the virus had a different characteristic that resulted in an indirect attack on the lungs to a large extent, resulting in a large number of people demanding oxygen at a very early stage of infection.” So this mutant caught us unconscious. As a result, we discovered that we are unable to meet the increased demand for oxygen and some of the drugs that were needed at that particular stage, “he argued.
Covid-19 variants B.1.617.1 and B.1.617.2, first identified in India, are highly infectious. The UN health agency named Covid-19 variant B.1.617.1 as ‘Kappa’, while variant B.1.617.2 was named ‘Delta’.
When asked how prepared India is to deal with the third wave of Covid-19, Saraswat said that Indian epidemiologists have left very clear indications that the third wave is inevitable and could affect the younger population the most.
“We hope that for July-August we will have to make all the preparations because the third wave is likely to start from September-October,” he said, adding that the closures should be opened gradually.
According to Saraswat, despite the fact that India is going to have some loosening of closures, states must largely enforce the severe implementation of pandemic mask wearing rules and maintenance of social distances.
“We also have to see that the infrastructure that we have also created, continues in its position and must be expanded even more. So that we do not encounter the crisis we encountered during the second wave regarding the availability of oxygen in the country. he’s worried, ”he said.
India reported 1.32,364 new coronavirus infections, bringing the country’s total Covid-19 case count to 2.85,74,350, while the recovery rate crossed 93 percent, according to data from the Health Ministry. of the Union updated on Friday.

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