Mumbai, 16th June 2021: The Covid19 Task Force of the Maharashtra Government, on Wednesday, predicted that the third wave will hit Maharashtra in a month or two if the crowds increased and the rules were not followed.
Taking serious note of this, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has instructed the health department to ensure that the necessary medicines, medical equipment are made available in urban and rural areas and adequate stocks are in place from now on, considering the threat of a possible third wave. In a meeting to review preparations for a possible third wave, officials informed the Chief Minister that the “Delta Plus” variant could cause the third wave of Covid19 in Maharashtra.
During the second wave, the number of patients due to the ‘Delta’ variant of Coronavirus has been much higher than the first, so the number of patients in the third wave may also be higher. The first wave of corona recorded about 19 lakh patients in the state and the second wave recorded about 40 lakh patients. The third wave could have eight lakh active patients, including ten per cent children, state health department officials said at the meeting.
Although the second wave of corona in the state is under control, experts have expressed the threat of a possible third wave. Against this backdrop, the Chief Minister held discussions with experts from the state’s action group. Maharashtra has been hit the hardest by the second wave of corona across the country.
In the presentation made by the health department in the meeting, the Chief Minister was informed about the possible situation as a new wave of infection is likely to come to Maharashtra. “It’s up to you how to limit the third wave of the corona. People should avoid crowded places and use two masks. If we ignore these things, the third wave will be bigger,” said Rahul Pandit, member of the task force.
On this occasion, Chief Minister Thackeray said that there is a need to increase vaccination. When the first wave of the epidemic hit Maharashtra, there were no basic facilities in the state, but in the ensuing period, it increased. He pointed out that from August to September, the country will get 42 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and the state will also benefit from it.
To ensure that the third wave does not cause havoc, strict adherence to restrictions is needed, while emphasizing the need for a statewide sero survey and large-scale vaccination to avert the threat of a third wave. The Chief Minister directed to take strict measures to prevent this possible wave.
Health Minister Rajesh Tope, Chief Secretary Sitaram Kunte, Principal Secretary of Health Dr Pradeep Vyas, Dr Ramaswamy, Dr Sanjay Oak, Dr Shashank Joshi, Dr Rahul Pandit, Dr Tatyarao Lahane were present on the occasion.