Coronavirus India Highlights: An expert panel, set up by an institute under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), has predicted a third wave of Covid-19 hitting the country anytime between September and October and suggested significantly ramping up vaccination pace, reported PTI. The committee of experts, constituted by the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), also said that children will have a similar risk as adults since paediatric facilities, doctors and equipment like ventilators, ambulances, etc. are nowhere close to what may be required in case a large number of children become infected.
The report, which has been submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), observed that only around 7.6 percent (10.4 cr) people are fully vaccinated in India and if the current vaccination rate is not increased, India can witness six lakh cases per day in the next wave.
Meanwhile, India recorded 25,072 new cases of Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 8 am Monday, lowest in 160 days. The active cases stood at 3.33 lakh and accounted for 1.03 per cent of the total cases. Active cases were at their lowest in 155 days while the country’s recovery rate increased to 97.63 per cent. With 389 new fatalities, the death toll is now over 4,34 lakh.