Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Director of CSIR- CCMB (Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology), has said that the Next 3 weeks are very critical for India in terms of the spread of the infection. He has also urged people to take utmost care and precautions.
The danger of the virus spreading when there is a large gathering of people especially in the places like Kumbh Mela and the political rallies, said Dr. Mishra. He also said that lots of virus variants are emerging and will continue to emerge in India.
Adding to this he said it is very important for people to follow guidelines very strictly.
Mishra noted that people must follow the guidelines very strictly to control and prevent themselves from being infected with COVID-19.
“The next 3 weeks are very critical for India in terms of the spread of the infection. People should take utmost care and precautions,” he told ANI.
Dr. Mishra said regarding the shortage of hospital beds, oxygen cylinders and vaccines that if the situation continues like this the country will be in a devastating state.
“We have seen this kind of situation in Italy, where many people have lost their lives on the corridors of hospitals due to lack of treatment medicine and oxygen cylinders. Last year, healthcare workers were very effective in handling the situation,” he further said.
On the increasing number of Covid-19 cases in the country, Dr. Mishra said that the second wave was very much expected.
“On many occasions over the past few months, many medical intellectuals, have been saying that the virus and its impact is just low and has not been completely wiped out. We should have been a bit more prepared for this kind of situation,” he said.
He further said that the reason cases are increasing day by day is because people have stopped taking care of themselves by not putting on masks, and thinking that it has gone completely.
“People will be infected without knowing and will go back to their home towns and further spread the virus to most of the villages, thus resulting in the spread to even more people,” he said.
“After a thorough air sampling of the coronavirus, it has been found that the virus can spread through air. It can move upto 20 feet in a closed area. Wearing a mask can keep one 80 to 90 per cent safe. If the other person is also wearing a mask, then one can be 99 per cent safe,” he added.
The COVID-19 situation in India continues to deteriorate, as the country yet again reported the highest single-day spike of coronavirus cases with over 2.73 lakh fresh infections and 1,619 deaths in the last 24 hours.