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'Strict measures' can help avoid third Covid wave, says govt's principal scientific advisor


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NEW DELHI: Just two days after declaring that a third Covid wave is “inevitable” in India, the Union government's principal scientific advisor took a U-turn on Friday and said that strong containment measures and effective implementation of guidelines can help the country avoid it completely.

“If we take strong measures, the third wave may not happen in all the places or indeed anywhere at all,” said K VijayRaghvan on Friday. “It depends much on how effectively the guidance is implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts and in the cities everywhere.”

Speaking at a press briefing on the Covid status in the country, VijayRaghavan said the third wave depends on how effectively the guidance is implemented at the local level, in the states, in districts, and in the cities across the country.

The statement comes even as the second wave of the covid pandemic in India is showing no signs of abetment yet. On Thursday alone, over 4.14 lakh daily infections were recorded, the highest tally in a 24 hour period so far.

The sweeping collapse of the healthcare infrastructure across the country too continues with patients in most states struggling to get access to timely and adequate treatment.

The country's daily death toll crossed 2.34 lakh and the active Covid cases stand at a whopping 3,64,5164. 

As the virus mutates further, the third wave of Covid infection is inevitable and it is necessary to be prepared for new waves, VijayRaghavan had cautioned on Wednesday.

“A phase three is inevitable, given the higher levels of circulating virus but it is not clear on what time scale this phase three will occur. We should prepare for new waves,” he had said.

The scientific advisor to the government had also said that it was not expected that the second wave would hit the country with such ferocity.

Many experts have said that while multiple waves in a pandemic are expected, the certainty with which VijayRaghvan shared his opinion was not based on any evidence or data.

(THE NEW INDIAN EXPRESS)