Covid-19 2nd Wave Not over, 3rd wave depends on people’s behaviour: Dr Randeep Guleria

Despite a steep decline in the number of cases, India recorded over 40,000 Covid-19 cases on Friday. More than half of these cases are recorded in Kerala which experts fear could become the trigger for the third wave of the pandemic.

The second wave of Covid-19 is still not over and the third wave will depend on the behaviour of people, AIIMS Director Dr Randeep Guleria said on August 13, 2021 (PTI Photo)

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Friday said that the second wave of Covid-19 was still not over and the severity of the third wave depends on appropriate behaviour by the people.

“I would suggest that people should understand that the second wave of the pandemic is not over yet. Daily, we are getting more than 40,000 cases. It is important for everyone to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. If we follow this, then another wave will not come,” Dr Guleria told ANI.

India saw more than 4-lakh daily Covid-19 cases at its peak during the second wave of the pandemic.

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Despite a steep decline in the number of cases, experts fear that a third Covid-19 wave may be on the horizon.

Kerala for instance is reporting more than 20,000 daily cases, more than half os the total cases being recorded in the counrty.

“If the third wave comes, then also it will be mild only if people follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour,” said Dr Guleria, at a function while inaugurating a CISF-organised blood donation camp under ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ initiative to mark the 75 years of India’s independence.

In an interview with ANI, Gagandeep Kang, a top Indian microbiologist and virologist said that the third wave depends on the type of virus’ variants or strains.

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“I think a lot depends on whether the wave is driven by variants, or driven by strains, if it’s driven by variants, then it becomes very difficult to predict what numbers are likely to be,” Dr Kang told ANI.

She also said that if the wave is driven by strain then the number of cases will be low.

“If it’s driven by strains, then we know that numbers are likely to be low. I am actually not very sure about the timing of the third wave or whether we will have the third wave in August or September at all,” Dr Kang added.