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Cannot rule out possibility of second wave of COVID-19 during winter, says NITI Aayog’s VK Paul

India is in a considerably higher place now however the nation nonetheless has an extended option to go as a result of 90% of the persons are nonetheless inclined to coronavirus infections, mentioned Paul

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New Delhi: The variety of new coronavirus circumstances and deaths have declined within the final three weeks because the unfold of the pandemic has stabilised in a lot of the states, NITI Aayog Member VK Paul mentioned on Sunday however didn’t rule out the opportunity of a second wave of infections within the winter season.

Paul, who can also be the chief of knowledgeable coordinating efforts to deal with the pandemic within the nation, in an interview to PTI, mentioned that when the COVID-19 vaccine is out there, there might be sufficient assets to ship in addition to make it accessible to the residents.

“In India, the brand new coronavirus circumstances and the variety of deaths have declined within the final three weeks and the pandemic has stabilised in a lot of the states

“Nevertheless, there are 5 states (Kerala, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and West Bengal) and 3-Four Union Territories (UTs), the place there’s nonetheless a rising development,” Paul mentioned.

He’s heading the Nationwide Skilled Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC).

In keeping with him, India is in a considerably higher place now however the nation nonetheless has an extended option to go as a result of 90 % of the persons are nonetheless inclined to coronavirus infections.

On whether or not India might see a second wave of coronavirus infections within the winter, Paul mentioned that with the onset of winter, international locations throughout Europe are seeing a resurgence of COVID-19 circumstances.

“We can’t rule out (a second coronavirus wave this winter in India). Issues can occur and we’re nonetheless studying in regards to the virus,” Paul famous.

To a question about storage and distribution of vaccine, as soon as it’s out there, he mentioned India has sufficient chilly storage amenities to an extent and this may be readily augmented as required.

“As soon as the vaccine is out there, there might be sufficient assets for delivering vaccines and making vaccines accessible to the residents and there might be no concern about assets underneath these circumstances,” Paul mentioned.

The coronavirus dying toll climbed to 1,14,031, the well being ministry’s knowledge up to date at eight am confirmed. The variety of energetic circumstances of coronavirus an infection remained under eight lakh for the second consecutive day.

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