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Covid-19: Third Wave ‘Inevitable’, Tighten Norms Against Super Spreader Events, Urges IMA

The statement comes a day after the annual Rath Yatra began in Puri and amid talks of allowing the “Kanwar Yatra” in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Beneficiaries flouting Covid norms while waiting in a queue to receive COVID-19 vaccine dose, at a vaccination centre in Ranchi, on July 6, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Warning the authorities of an ‘inevitable’ and ‘imminent’ third Covid wave, the Indian Medical Association on Monday urged the central government to not let their guards down and tighten the Covid-19 protocols in the states. Reminding the state and central governments of the devastation the country faced during the peak of the second wave, it requested the authorities to not become complacent as the third wave is just around the corner.

“With the global evidence available and the history of any pandemics, the third wave is inevitable and imminent,” the statement by IMA released on Monday said.

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“In many parts of the country both the government and public are complacent and engaged in mass gatherings without following Covid protocols,” IMA expressed its concern over people flouting Covid norms.

The medical body warned against tourist schemes and super spreader events which include social gatherings, pilgrimage and others, and suggested that these can wait. The statement comes a day after the annual Rath Yatra began in Puri and amid talks of allowing the ‘Kanwar Yatra’ in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

“Tourist bonanza, pilgrimage travel, religious fervour are all needed but can wait for a few more months. Opening up these rituals and enabling people without vaccination to go scot-free in these mass gatherings are potential super spreaders for the Covid third wave,” it said.

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Country’s largest doctors’ body also discussed the economic impact of treating Covid patients and also thanked the modern medical fraternity and political leadership for their efforts in tackling the ongoing pandemic.

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“The consequences of treating a patient with Covid in a hospital and its impacts on the economy will be much better than the economic loss we suffer by avoiding such mass gatherings. It is the duty and responsibility of everyone at this moment to strictly enforce Covid-appropriate behaviour for minimum three more months and ensure that everyone near our houses is getting vaccinated,” the statement said.

Last week, IMA said that 798 doctors died during the second wave of Covid-19 across the country of which maximum 128 doctors lost their lives in Delhi, followed by Bihar at 115.

As per the official note by the IMA, the number of doctors who lost their lives in the pandemic in Delhi stands at 128, followed by Bihar at 115 and Uttar Pradesh at 79.

States like Maharashtra and Kerala where the prevalence of the Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 is on a rise also reported deaths of doctors in double digits. Maharashtra reported 23 doctor deaths and Kerala reported 24 deaths. Pondicherry reported the lowest deaths of doctors by logging one death only.

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