Tamil Nadu is on road to recovery from the devastating COVID-19 second wave with cases and positivity rate showing a decline. There is, however, heated debate on a possible third wave and the rising number of cases in a few clusters. In an interview with The New Indian Express, Dr Prabhdeep Kaur, Senior Scientist and Deputy Director, Indian Council of Medical Research-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, discusses the preparations to be done and issues to be addressed. Excerpts.
The second wave of Covid-19 has wreaked severe havoc compared to the first one. Besides the severity of the second wave, several health experts have been baffled by the higher percentage of youngsters getting infected with #Covid19 . Since the initial days of the pandemic, WHO and health experts have warned that covid-19 can very much infect the youngster and can lead to severe cases and deaths.
India reported the lowest daily new coronavirus infections in 50 days with 1,52,734 cases, taking India's total tally to 2,80,47,534, while the active caseload further declined to 20,26,092, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
Inside a hall on the seventh floor of a Chennai high-rise, a large television screen shows the live feed of hundreds of Covid-19 ambulances plying across Tamil Nadu on a satellite map. Two healthcare professionals, on headphones, observe clusters of ambulances waiting outside hospitals.
The documentary on the covid crisis in Kerala shows how Kerala has been tackling the Covid-19 pandemic since January 2020. The first case of #Covid19 in India was reported in the state.
India's COVID-19 situation remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalisations and deaths, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Friday, warning that the pandemic's second year will be "far more deadly" than the first for the world.
The pandemic has thrown up yet another challenge for the healthcare sector, with isolated cases of an unusual fungal infection being reported from some among those being treated for COVID-19. Mucormycosis, a rare fungal infection affecting immuno-compromised people, has been reported from amongst those battling, and those recently recovered from COVID-19, in many parts of the country
The Centre on Wednesday came up with a grim warning that a third Covid-19 wave in India was inevitable and admitted for the first time that B.1.617, an Indian mutant of the virus, could be fuelling the massive surge in the country.
The Centre on Wednesday did not rule out a national lockdown to control the fierce second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, amid a growing clamour for tough restrictions to curb the chain of transmission.
Kerala has imposed lockdown from May 8th to 16th amid surging coronavairus cases. The state reported 41,953 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the single biggest surge reported in a day.
Eight COVID-19 patients, including the HOD of gastroenterology department, of Batra Hospital here died due to oxygen shortage, officials said on Saturday.
India's daily coronavirus tally crossed the grim milestone of four lakh, while the death toll rose to 2,11,853 with 3,523 fresh fatalities, according to date updated by the Union Health Ministry on Saturday.
With 3,52,991 people testing positive for coronavirus infection in a day, the highest so far, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases has climbed to 1,73,13,163 while active cases have crossed the 28-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.
With a record single-day rise of 3,32,730 new coronavirus infections, India's total tally of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,62,63,695, while active cases crossed the 24-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
Is the second wave turning out to be far more disastrous in the State than the first? Doctors and experts have been observing that a lot more youngsters are showing severe Covid symptoms compared to last. The second wave has claimed the lives of 10 youngsters who had no co-morbid conditions. For instance, on April 14, a 27-year-old passed away at the RGGGH in Chennai, just three hours after being admitted. Only the next day did his test results come, showing him Covid positive.