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COVID-19: India May Witness 2,320 Deaths Per Day By June First Week, Warns Lancet

COVID-19: 2,320 Deaths Per Day By June First Week, Warns Lancet

Mumbai: The Lancet COVID-19 Commissioner’s India Task Force members published a report that says India may witness 1,750 deaths daily if the current COVID situation persists.

If this trend continues, the woes may be compounded in June. The fatality rate may be galloping to a surge of around 2,320 per day by the first week of June.

To tide over the situation, the experts have advised the imposition of a temporary ban on gatherings for at least two months, also stated the groups shouldn’t be consisting of more than 10 people.

According to The Economic Times report, instead of complete lockdown over the nation or any particular state they can implicate phased restrictions.

Through several indices, the report highlighted the differences between the second wave and the first wave of COVID-19.

The preliminary review of the report stated “While the pandemic has spread, the geographic contours of the second wave closely mirror those of the first wave, though with a deeper penetration into tier-2 and tier-3 cities.”

Twenty members of expert panel established that the second wave differs from the first wave in September 2020 in primarily two aspects:

First, this time the rate of the spread is faster for the second wave. And the cases leap from 10,000 per day to 80,000 cases per day within 40 days from February to April. The first wave took 83 days to spike starting from September.

Secondly, the number of asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic cases were comparatively lower, and the cases of hospitalisation or mortality cases were also lower than second wave.

The report also apprised that disruptions in that routine immunisation or routine care might be the threat to maternal and child survival. It also mentioned that India might have to endure 7.8 billion dollars on COVID testing and 1.7 billion dollars on healthcare on account of the casualties caused by COVID-19 by September 2021.

The experts suggested the increase the vaccination programmes’ pace and targeting 5million doses of vaccines every day.

In this present scenario, the experts suggest that all adults even below the age of 45 with severe comorbidities should be vaccinated in priority as they are vulnerable to COVID-19 and consecutive hospitalisation.

Meanwhile, India reported 2,61,500 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike ever, pushing the country’s COVID tally to 1,47,88,109, as per the Health Ministry data released on Sunday.

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