In the 24 hours leading up to 9 a.m. on Saturday, India reported 38,079 new cases and 560 deaths. The number of current cases has decreased slightly to 4,24,025, but the recovery rate has increased to 97.31 percent.
Dr. V K Paul, the head of India’s coronavirus task committee, warned that the risk of a third wave is extremely likely because India’s population has yet to develop herd immunity. The next 100-125 days would be crucial in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, according to the NITI Aayog member (health), who also advised people to be “conservative.”
On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the chief ministers of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Odisha, Maharashtra, and Kerala to appoint proactive members to rule out the possibility of a third wave, as cases in these states rose once more.
Meanwhile, according to an ICMR-commissioned survey, around 1 in 10 patients who contracted the coronavirus after being vaccinated needed to be admitted to the hospital for treatment. Importantly, none of those admitted to the hospital required the use of a ventilator or oxygen, and none had to be admitted to the intensive care unit.