The third Covid-19 wave could strike Maharashtra in the next two to four weeks, according to the state task team, which is a sobering reminder for the state, which was devastated by the pandemic’s second wave.
Children, on the other hand, will be less affected than those in lower-middle-class groups who haven’t been exposed to the virus yet, according to the task committee. According to the Times of India, the forecasts were made at a meeting led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, with data indicating that the overall number of cases in the third wave might be double that of the second wave, with active cases reaching eight lakh.
It’s also possible that 10% of the cases will be from children or young adults, as was the case in the first two waves. Dr. Shashank Joshi, a member of the task team, stressed the importance of practising Covid-appropriate behaviour, saying the state could face the same problem as the United Kingdom, when a third wave hit just four weeks after the second wave had passed.
In the last two weeks, Maharashtra has seen a five-level unlock model, with over 15 districts and big cities like Nagpur and Pune benefiting. While Mumbai and its suburbs will be partitioned, including Thane, Vasai-Virar, and Kalyan-Dombivali, the remaining 34 districts would be considered as independent administrative units. Level 1 districts and cities are those that have been designated as such.
In the last two weeks, Maharashtra has seen a five-level unlock model, with over 15 districts and big cities like Nagpur and Pune benefiting. Uncontrolled crowds and disdain for Covid regulations such as wearing masks and social separation were “worrisome” in Mumbai and its suburbs, including Thane, Vasai-Virar, and Kalyan, a top official stated in the meeting.
Uncontrolled crowds and a disdain for Covid standards such as wearing masks and social separation, according to a senior official, were “worrisome” during the conference. He also mentioned that the number of tests has decreased, which indicates that several cases may go unreported.
The task group also believed that because they had evaded the infection, the lower middle class would be the most struck in the first two waves or have depleted antibodies. Thackeray told the meeting that the country would receive 42 crore vaccine doses and the state would benefit from it as the task force stressed the need to aggressively vaccinate the population to reduce mortality.