India’s richest state prepares for the 3rd wave of Covid-19

As the second epicenter of the Covid-19 epidemic, India’s wealthiest state Maharashtra is taking steps to prepare for the third wave, Indian Tourism and Environment Minister Aaditya Thackeray said.

India is grappling with a devastating 2nd wave of Covid-19. Photo: AFP

Bang Maharashtra is located in West India is the “capital” of the financial center of Mumbai. Maharashtra is The state hardest hit by Covid-19 in India. To date, the state has recorded more than 5.4 million cases of Covid-19, including more than 82,000 deaths, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Health.

Since last month, Maharashtra state officials, including Premier Uddhav Thackeray, have discussed various measures to deal with the impending third wave of Covid-19. A third Covid-19 wave could occur between September and October, Minister Aaditya Thackeray, son of Premier Uddhav Thackeray, said on CNBC on May 18.

“For the third wave, we are preparing three main things,” said Minister Aaditya Thackeray.

The first is the medical response of the state of Maharashtra. This work is currently being coordinated by a task force, made up of 11 doctors, who have devised standard operating procedures for the state’s administrative and medical responses.

Aaditya Thackeray said that local authorities are looking at which demographics may be affected by the third wave of Covid-19, especially children and adolescents, who have mostly escaped the wave of infections. disease before.

The Maharashtra state government is also working to ensure enough hospital beds, medical oxygen supplies, as well as setting up intensive care units.

Second, the state of Maharashtra will also decide to implement social measures such as requiring face masks, Thackeray said.

“The third thing, of course, is the corporate response. Because industries still have to work, work has to go on. That’s how we’re trying to prepare for this third wave.” Minister Aaditya Thackeray said more.

The number of new Covid-19 infections per day in India has been declining since peaking at more than 414,000 infections on May 7. Some Indian experts say a second wave of Covid-19 in the country may have already passed. peaked.

The number of new cases on May 17 fell below 300,000 for the first time since April 21. However, the daily death toll remained above 4,000 for the last 3 consecutive days, of which, at least 4,329 deaths were identified on May 18.

Experts say that the number of deaths from Covid-19 in India is being determined too low. They recommend, the best measure to India Fighting the coming waves of Covid-19 is about vaccinating as many people as possible. The country of 1.3 billion people has distributed more than 184 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, but most of them are the first dose.

Reports suggest that the pace of Covid-19 vaccine injections in India has slowed as states scramble for supplies. India’s Health Minister Harsh Vardhan last weekend said the country will have 516 million doses of the vaccine by July, including those already administered. This number is expected to increase to 2.16 billion doses between August and December.

The state of Maharashtra is trying to buy a vaccine against Covid-19 to vaccinate people, while corporations in big cities like Mumbai are also shopping for their own vaccines.

Minister Aaditya Thackeray Vaccine distribution is a major challenge for the state’s immunization plans, especially in vaccinating people in rural or densely populated areas.

“Plans, regulations on vaccination, almost everything is in place. All we are waiting for is a sufficient supply,” Mr. Thackeray added. The state of Maharashtra has so far accounted for just over 10% of the total vaccine doses administered in India, according to Health Ministry data.

“The state’s health belief is that if we’re going to prevent a potentially 3rd wave around September and October, we have to vaccinate as many people as possible, to protect them,” he said. Thackeray expressed.

Maharashtra recently decided to extend the blockade order until the end of the month, during which non-essential activities are restricted. Minister Thackeray said the reopening would dependent entirely in the number of Covid-19 infections in this state and will happen slowly.