New Delhi: As WHO warns against the lurking Covid third wave, the Centre on Friday noted that ‘next 100 days are crucial for India as ‘ ‘WHO warning can’t be taken for granted’.
Niti Aayog member (health) VK Paul addressing a press conference said the warning about the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which the World Health Organization has recently issued is for the global situation, which indeed is reflecting the impact of the third wave. “Situation in most of the regions has turned from bad to worse. Overall, the world is moving towards a third wave. WHO’s warning over a third wave can’t be taken for granted, it is a red flag. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too has asked us to take this as a red flag… the PM has given us the target to stall the third wave and it is possible.”
In the same press conference, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said, analysis shows a projected decline in the use of face masks as we resume activities. We should incorporate the use of face masks in our lives as a new normal.
Paul further added, “Our vaccines are effective and hugely safe and people with comorbidities, pregnant and lactating women must also take them. However, we cannot be fully dependent on vaccines, need to mask up as well.”
The government said on Friday, as many as 47 districts across 12 states and UTs reported over 10 per cent COVID-19 positivity rate for the week ending July 15.The states and UTs were Manipur, Kerala, Rajasthan, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, Assam, Maharashtra and Puducherry.
Just 73 districts recorded more than 100 cases daily in the week ending on July 14, it also said
The slow decline in number of coronavirus daily cases is a warning for the country that the situation is currently under control but it can deteriorate if Covid appropriate behaviour not followed, the government said.
Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged states where COVID-19 cases are rising to take proactive measures to prevent a third wave and stressed on moving forward with the strategy of test, track, treat and ‘tika (vaccine)’.
During an interaction with chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra and Kerala, he said that 80 per cent of the new Covid cases last week were from these states.
Rise in Covid cases in Maharashtra and Kerala is a matter of grave concern for the country, Modi said.
It is very important that the states, where cases are increasing, should take proactive measures to prevent any possibility of a third wave, the prime minister said.