The second wave of the epidemic has not subsided yet, there is a possibility of a third wave after Diwali: General Health Minister

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The Health Minister of Maharashtra says that the second wave of Kovid-19 epidemic in the state is not over yet.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Tuesday said that the second wave of coronavirus pandemic is yet to subside in the state, but at the same time the conditions are not conducive to trigger the third wave immediately. Speaking to reporters in Nashik district, Tope also said that the Covid Task Force has warned about the third wave of the pandemic after the Diwali season.

“The second wave of the pandemic is not over yet. But there is no favorable situation for the third wave at the moment. The state task force has warned of a third wave after the Diwali season. We are assessing the situation,” he said.

Tope said more than nine crore people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in Maharashtra with at least one dose and 35 per cent of them have taken both doses. He also said that no new coronavirus variant has been found yet and added that a special drive to vaccinate those who have been missed so far will continue till the Diwali festival, which will be celebrated in the first week of November.

Tope said the new challenge before the state administration is to get the college students vaccinated against COVID-19. He appealed to the college people to come forward for vaccination. Colleges in Maharashtra are set to reopen from October 20. The government had said that it would be appropriate that students be fully vaccinated for attending physical classes.

Referring to Mumbai not reporting any fresh death due to Covid-19 on Sunday for the first time since the pandemic broke out in March last year, the minister said it was a major achievement for the city with a population of 1.5 crore. The latest trends suggest that the number of Kovid-19 cases in Maharashtra is declining.

According to the state health department, Maharashtra recorded 1,485 Covid-19 cases on Monday, the lowest daily count in 17 months and 27 deaths, taking the number of infections to 65,93,182 and the toll to 1,39,816. As of Monday, Maharashtra had 28,008 active cases. According to a study, India’s R-value, which shows how fast the coronavirus pandemic is spreading, has remained below 1 since September, indicating that the infection rate is declining.

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