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Third-wave likely to hit in December: Maharashtra Health Minister

Third-wave likely to hit in December: Maharashtra Health Minister

On Wednesday, Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra Health Minister, said that the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is expected in December but will be mild in impact. Tope was told that medical oxygen and ICU beds would not be required during the third wave.

He said, according to a PTI report.

"The third wave is expected to be light and medical oxygen and ICU beds will not be required,"

Speaking about the present coronavirus situation, Tope said that as 80% of people are vaccinated in Maharashtra, the mortality rate and the infection level are lower.

The health department of Maharashtra had said on Tuesday.

The Maharashtra state had reported 766 coronavirus infections and 19 fatalities in 24 hours on Tuesday, even as the active cases in the Maharashtra state remained below 10,000 for the third consecutive day,

On Tuesday, Maharashtra's count of coronavirus cases stood at 66,31,297. Tope said the first wave of the Covid pandemic was experienced in September 2020 and the second in April this year.

Maharashtra Health Minister said he had met Mansukh Mandaviya Union Health Minister last week seeking the Centre's permission for administering a booster jab of vaccine for senior citizens, frontline workers, health workers, and vulnerable sections and sought to vaccinate children in the age group of 12 to 18 years against Covid-19.

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"Mandaviya said he would discuss this issue with ICMR and get back," Tope added.

Meanwhile, Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Dr. Randeep Guleria, had said that a third Covid wave of a magnitude comparable to the first two is unlikely to hit India, as he underlined that absence of surge in cases at the moment suggests that vaccines are still protecting against the virus. There is no need for an extra booster dose for now.

Guleria hailed the ongoing Covid vaccination drive in the country and said that no booster dose is required in the country.

He also stated,

"There is no flow of COVID-19 patient as of now. So, there is no need for booster jab in India for now."

Medical experts also said that a third Covid-19 wave as devastating as the second one is unlikely. However, cases may arise, perhaps across late December-February, the impact will be milder.

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