Maharashtra Prepares For Covid-19 Third Wave, Experts Predict It May Arrive In 2-4 Weeks

Dr Shashank Joshi from the Covid task force said that if people don’t follow protocols, then the third wave may start soon after the second wave ends completely. 

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June 22, 2021

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The unlockdown process in Maharashtra has begun and several relaxations have been given on restrictions imposed earlier due to Covid-19. However, the state’s Covid-19 task force has warned that the third wave of coronavirus may hit soon if people don’t follow protocols. It has been predicted that the third wave may arrive within 2-4 weeks and the count of active cases may reach 8 lakh.

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Due to this prediction, CM Uddhav Thackeray has instructed to stock up medical equipment and medicines. He has also asked various health agencies to be on alert mode. The task force has warned that the third wave could have more caseload than the first and second. As per reports, the new delta plus variant is highly infectious which is why people need to be very careful during the third wave.

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On Thursday, Uddhav Thackeray said in a meeting with the Covid-19 task force that there was a lack of resources during the first wave. The second was a big lesson but is now decreasing. Now, they have to learn from the second wave and ensure that medicine, oxygen, other health facilities etc. are made available in sufficient quantity.

As per reports, the health department mentioned in the meeting that the first wave saw a total of 19 lakh cases whereas the second wave saw 40 lakh cases. Dr Shashank Joshi from the Covid task force said that if people don’t follow protocols, then the third wave may start soon after the second wave ends completely.

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He also added that they have to curb the second wave anyhow, and then follow three major yardsticks to control the spread of the virus. That demands test positivity rate to be below 5% while 70% of the population must be vaccinated. He said that people must focus on vaccination and Covid appropriate behaviour. He also warned that with the onset of the monsoon,  humidity has increased, which could further trigger the third wave.

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