India COVID-19 Latest News: India may see 3rd Covid wave, weekend lockdowns.
AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria

India may see 3rd Covid wave, weekend lockdowns

AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said that India may see a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic if the virus continues to evolve further. He also rejected the night curfews and weekend lockdowns as ways to bring down the cases, saying they hardly work, according to IndiaToday.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on Tuesday that India may see a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic if the virus continues to evolve further and if it develops an immune escape mechanism. Randeep Guleria also rejected the night curfews and weekend lockdowns that some states have imposed to bring down the Covid-19 cases, saying they hardly work.

When asked if a nationwide shutdown is the only option left in view of the Covid emergency in India that has overwhelmed hospitals and caused a crisis of resources such as oxygen, Randeep Guleria said a lockdown for a sufficient duration is needed to cut virus transmission.

Speaking with India Today TV, Randeep Guleria said, "Three things need to be looked at here. The first is improving the hospital infrastructure. The second is decreasing the number of cases in an aggressive way and the third, rolling out of vaccines. We have to break the chain of transmission. If we decrease the close contact between humans, there is a possibility that the cases will come down."

"We can call it a lockdown, a regional lockdown based on a grated response like the UK did, depending upon the criteria you want -- state-level or larger level. It is something that policymakers need to decide because it's an issue of organising everything in terms of lives and livelihood and that essential services are maintained and at the same time looking after those people who are daily wage workers. It has to be aggressive," Randeep Guleria said.

THIRD WAVE IS A POSSIBILITY IF VIRUS EVOLVES FURTHER: RANDEEP GULERIA

Dr Randeep Guleria said the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic in India is a possibility if the virus continues to evolve. "One has two understand a few things. How quickly can we vaccinate individuals to give them immunity? And second is how does the virus change? If the virus evolves further and it develops an immune escape mechanism, i.e., the immunity that people have developed becomes less effective and you can get the infection again, then there is a chance that we may see a third wave of the pandemic," Randeep Guleria said.

If the virus evolves further and it develops an immune escape mechanism then there is a chance that we may see a third wave of the pandemic.

- Dr Randeep Guleria

Implement Total Lockdown Or Else ...', Chief Minister Nitish Expected To Take Final Decision Today

Bihar Lockdown News: Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has called an urgent meeting on Tuesday wherein he is expected to take a decision on complete lockdown.

The government has left it open for states to decide on local lockdowns, and places like the national capital Delhi and the financial hub Mumbai have imposed restrictions.

PM Modi Confronts Pressure to Lock Down India, reported by NDTV.

Covid in Varanasi: Anger rises as coronavirus rages in Modi's constituency

India COVID-19 Latest News: India may see 3rd Covid wave, weekend lockdowns.

The region around Varanasi, one of the holiest cities in the world for Hindus, is among the worst affected by the second wave of coronavirus sweeping India, according to BBC News.

Many angry citizens of the region, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, are now asking where their MP, Narendra Modi - India's prime minister - is in their hour of need.

India's devastating second wave has pushed the country's total number of infections to 20 million and the death toll to more than 220,000. In Varanasi, with the health infrastructure swamped, patients can no longer find hospital beds, oxygen, or ambulances, and getting a Covid test can take up to a week. In the past 10 days, most pharmacies have run out of basic medicines like vitamins, zinc and paracetamol.

"We are inundated with calls saying help us get a bed or oxygen," said a local medical professional, who did not want to be named. "With the most basic medicines in short supply, people are even taking expired drugs," he said. "They say it's a little less effective, but at least it's something."

Can't ascertain if oxygen shortage led to death of 21 patients at JG Hospital: Delhi govt to High Court

India COVID-19 Latest News: India may see 3rd Covid wave, weekend lockdowns.

The AAP government has informed the Delhi High Court that oxygen shortage as the cause of death of 21 COVID-19 patients at Jaipur Golden Hospital here could not be ascertained by an expert committee which probed the matter.

The Delhi government in its report to the court referred to the findings of the expert committee which said, "In view of natural virulent course of the disease and lack of any evidence suggestive of oxygen shortage in the case records, the committee was of the opinion that shortage of oxygen as the cause of death could not be ascertained."

"Many of the reported patients had one or multiple co-morbidity like heart disease, diabetes, DM, hypothyroidism and hypertension. All these patients were receiving some form of oxygen therapy and / or ventilator support during the hospital stay, the committee said in its report, according to Firstpost.

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