New Delhi: Despite the vaccination drive gathering pace across the country, the number of fresh Covid-19 cases that India is reporting is looming within the 30,000 to 40,000 range for the past few weeks, with 39,472 new cases having been reported in the last 24 hours, as of 8 am on Sunday. This is a cause for concern because Maharashtra, Kerala, and some states from the Northeast region have started again witnessing a surge in Coronavirus cases. Which clearly means that the pandemic is still raging and that the threat of a third wave is very real, and can lead to further mutation of the deadly virus, for which the scientists may not have developed a cure as yet. Moreover, there is no consistency yet in the number of recoveries being more than the number of fresh infection cases.
Meanwhile, over 43.31 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far, with over 51.18 lakh doses being administered on Saturday itself. The vaccination drive has been continuing in a rapid manner ever since it was relaunched on June 21, before which vaccine shortages and difficulties in procurement of doses were plaguing many states. However, once again, reports have started emerging of shortage in vaccine supply, as a state health official of West Bengal said that it was receiving a “meagre” supply of doses which could impact the inoculation drive in the state.
A top scientific adviser to the Indian government also warned that the country would inevitably face further waves of the coronavirus pandemic
With hospitals scrabbling for beds and oxygen in response to a deadly second surge in infections, the World Health Organization said in a weekly report that India accounted for nearly half the coronavirus cases reported worldwide and a quarter of the deaths during second wave.
Meanwhile, the government’s principal scientific adviser, K. VijayRaghavan, had also warned that even after infection rates subside the country should be ready for a third wave.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has been widely criticised for not acting sooner to suppress the second wave, after religious festivals and political rallies drew tens of thousands of people in recent weeks and became “super spreader” events.