Are Indians Ready for A Third Covid Wave?

Up Till Now, around 80% of The Eligible General Population of India Has Been Administered One Dose of Covid Vaccine

As we are currently approaching the third year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, India is one of the few countries that have suffered the most with extensive challenges the entire population had to face after the beginning of the Covid-19 transmission and have not been able to become economically stable till now. Although, it has become evident that India would become extremely stable after the onset of a possible third Covid wave, which might occur due to the spread of the newly mutated Omicron variant that has recently surfaced in multiple areas of the world.

Declining healthcare system

In small towns and villages located in the northern states of India, the prevention against local transmission of infection is almost non-existent, as people have stopped wearing face masks altogether and does not follow other standard operating protocols that are essential for the prevention of the spread of Covid-19 infection, which could possibly aggravate the situation of third Covid wave in case it enters the country.

In the capital city of Delhi, many people are wearing face masks while being outside of their residents due to the regulations that have been placed on the general population. Although, the entire city is in full swing, as markets have become fully crowded and restaurants have become extremely busy with fully packed social calendars. The only remnant of the coronavirus pandemic is the large billboards that are located in various areas across the city that are thanking politicians for being able to tackle the widespread infection.

There has been a decrease in the count of active coronavirus cases in India (but the country is still recording around 10,000 new cases on a daily basis), and the vaccination drive is still ongoing, as nearly 80% of the total population of India, which are eligible to receive the vaccine have been administered with the first dose of the vaccine, and these have slightly reduced the massive traumatic memory the country has suffered from during the second wave of coronavirus in the months of April and May this year and is not yet ready for a third Covid wave.

It has become the fact that the coronavirus pandemic is not yet over, as there is a sudden rise in the number of active cases across Europe due to the spread of the new Omicron variant, which has prompted the World Health Organization to say that they have become very worried about the situation and has given a warning for a possible third Covid wave in various areas of the world, which could possibly be much deadlier than before.

Onset of diseases in India

The emergence of the new Omicron variant, which had initially been named as the B.1.1.529 by the World Health Organization, is another concerning cause, although an extensive amount of research is still required to determine the extent of its deadliness.

It is likely possibility that India might not be able to see a major rise in the number of cases in a third Covid wave, as it has been suggested by studies that a majority number of Indians have developed antibodies against the currently dominant Delta coronavirus variant, and more than 50% of the adults have been partially vaccinated throughout the country.

But the news regarding the possible non-occurrence of the third Covid wave is not to be cheered about. In the recently received report, there is a massive outbreak of dengue virus across the country, which has turned into an endemic disease throughout the country, in the various states of India are provide proof that the healthcare system of the country is still unable to detect and tackle the numerous emerging cases of the disease and might not be able to survive through the third Covid wave.

When the coronavirus pandemic emerged in the year 2020, there had been hoping that the stringent nationwide lockdown would provide the government with the opportunity to be able to make the change and further strengthen the public healthcare system, which is severely underfunded and understaffed. Although, things have not changed even the slightest, and there is soon a possibility of an incoming third Covid wave in the country.

Some of the top leaders of politics, along with senior policymakers in the healthcare system, have given repeated statements in which they said that had been the very first objective for the initial lockdown.

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