Third Covid 19 wave may get triggered in Maharashtra due to the Delta Plus variant as per sources from Health Department: The highly dangerous and infectious Delta Plus variant could be a major reason for the third wave which could be triggered by it. It could cause a third wave of deadly Corona Virus in Maharashtra. It was referred in a presentation made at a meeting on Wednesday related to this. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also attended the meeting.
In the presentation made by state health department it was said that “The number of active patients could reach up to eight lakh, while 10 per cent out of them could be children,” The meeting was held in Mumbai. It’s objective was to take a stock of preparations to tackle a possible third wave of COVID-19. Besides the chief minister Uddhav Thackeray some other officials like health minister Rajesh Tope and members of the state task force on COVID-19 also attended the meeting. The presentation made by the health department at the meeting showed and portrayed many possible scenarios in case a fresh wave or the third wave of the infection hits Maharashtra. As per the reports by health department, there were 19 lakh cases in the first wave outbreak after March 2020. While after February 2021 i.e. during second wave, there were more than 40 lakh infections that were registered in Maharashtra.
As per a health official in the meeting during presentation, “The Delta plus variant could stoke a third wave in Maharashtra. It could spread at double the rate,” Chief Minister Thackeray also asked all of the officials to be prepared to deal with any situation in terms of availability of medicines, beds or any other necessary resource. In the release at the meeting, Thackeray said “If we do not follow COVID-19-appropriate behaviour, we would be hit by the third wave before we can fully recover from the second one,” He further added, “We have learned lessons from the first and second waves. We have been told that Maharashtra would get around 42 crore vaccine vials from August-September. The officials need to make all necessary preparations,“
As per the reports, the number of patients was highest at 3,01,752 on September 13, 2020 during the first wave of Covid 19. While during the second wave, the number of patients was highest at 6,99,858 on April 22 this year. As per the officials, the weekly positivity rate was 23.53 per cent on September 9, which was the highest in the first wave, and it reached about 24.96 per cent on April 8 this year during the second wave. The task force also pointed to the fact that in some EU countries, lockdown-like measures were re-introduced following a surge in cases. Earlier this week, some scientists in New Delhi said the highly transmissible Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has mutated further to form the ‘Delta plus‘ or ‘AY.1′ variant. Although there is no immediate cause for concern as its incidence in the country is still low.